I give it a solid 3-3.5. A military, Nazi-esque propaganda film, as if… MoreI give it a solid 3-3.5. A military, Nazi-esque propaganda film, as if from within the deranged universe [that we never really see] that the film takes place in. Likely with the intent of recruiting new troopers. On this level of old-style, unsubtle propaganda, I suppose it is successful. However, although that makes the film clever, it does not mean I overly enjoy or connect to sitting through such propaganda pieces. It was reasonably enjoyable but its limits as a film are directly proportional to its success in what it aims to do. As a pro-military [satire-played-straight] piece it eschews nearly all sensitivity and can be gruesome and disturbing in the thoughtless violence. Again, though, this is a success going by the premise of the existence of the film. As an aside, it is noteworthy and actually genuinely admirable the gender neutrality/equality of the film in terms of the portrayal of the characters within the film... I find it fantastically refreshing the way that was played out. So strange, for such a backwards-looking film to have such a forward-looking idea played so well. In any case: the film is solid but its enjoyment has limits set by its very premise.
Pretty well made but I disliked the ending and how it was handled so… MorePretty well made but I disliked the ending and how it was handled so much that this brings the movie down significantly for me.
A clear classic in its own right -- unsettling, disquieting, poetic,… MoreA clear classic in its own right -- unsettling, disquieting, poetic, horrifying, anguished, tragic. Yet it is done so unassumingly, so directly. That may bring in some of the alien, frightening element. There's so much here, conceptually and visually, it is eerily, darkly fascinating & compelling. And it works visually so well that it could work as a silent film. Tremendous body acting by Edith Scob. This film is unflinching, yet has the subtlety of true art. 4-4.5.