La France
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A woman whose husband is away fighting in World War I embarks on an arduous journey after receiving a troubling letter in director Serge Bozon's intimate war drama. The year is 1917, and it's springtime in France. Camille's husband may be fighting in the war, but for this naïve young housewife, life is peaceful. Upon receiving a letter in which her husband curtly ends the couple's relationship without explanation, Camille decides to disguise herself as a man and seek her true love out on the front lines. It's not long before Camille joins up with a small squadron of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"You might want to file this one under Novelties and Cult Items, Not Completely Baked."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A drama about the horrors, loneliness and camaraderie of World War I that intermittently (four times, to be specific) blooms into a delirious musical."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"The players, Sylvie Testude's Camille plus the eleven French soldiers, are not given much chance to develop their characters beyond two-dimensional."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"[A] stunningly confident, category-defying, broken-down dream piece about loss and being lost...irresistible."
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"In the once-upon-a-time fairy tale called La France, French soldiers move through darkly verdant landscapes worthy of Henri Rousseau."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Tender and lyrical and lonely, it's like a phantom dreamwalk along the borders of war..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Gender and genre are continuously bent in La France, Serge Bozon's uniquely weird and often starkly beautiful experiment."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"It has the odd but potent effect of revealing an ethereal aspect of the war experience that in its bleakness stirs the mind with far more elusive questions than answers. A tantalizing, visually lyrical elixir for those enamored of mystifying brain teasers"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Without ever surrendering its deadpan naturalism, La France becomes increasingly poetic: The seasons change, the landscape grows barren, and the stars in the sky take their names from the dead men below."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Serge Bozon's quietly disturbing fable takes place in northern France in the middle of Word War I."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Simultaneously avant garde and down to earth, the somber film is anchored by spontaneous musical eruptions on its more elusive end and by Sylvie Testudâ(TM)s tactile performance."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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