A French village

A French village

Season 4, 1943

DVD - 2015 | French
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Beginning with the Germans arrival in June 1940, they endure five years of rationing, fighting and betrayals, and strain to keep some semblance of their existence intact. The war shatters all their lives, but a few of them, even in the shadow of destruction, reach out to find fleeting moments of connection and love
Publisher: [United States] : MHZ Networks Home Entertainment, 2015
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (617 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1
Other Standard Identifier: 0815047018907


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Jul 04, 2018

Yes, watch this one but make sure you go back and begin with Season 1 or you will not have the slightest clue as to what is going on. I think it will be worth your time. Agree about Marchetti; probably the slimiest, smarmiest of all the characters or is at least tied with Servier. Is Muller getting a conscious or is he sensing his mortality? Maybe Season 5 will show which if either is the case.

May 05, 2017

I've come to HATE the character Marchetti with such a VEHEMENCE that I'm hoping, in some later episode, that his legs will be driven over by a Sherman tank, and then he gets fired from the police, but with no a disability pension. Of all the villains, HE its the most ethically repulsive, and makes Heinrich seem like a relative angel.

Apr 12, 2017

Wonderful! Great characters, very nuanced, layered. Plus, you learn a lot of history! Fantastic! Can't wait for the next season.

Jan 24, 2017

Not having lived through anything as horrific as the occupation of France by the Nazis, I am admittedly not in a position to judge the behavior of the main characters, but by year 4, and for most of them very early on, every one of them have lied, cheated, stolen, betrayed, passed judgement, covered up their own bad behavior, and so on. Hypocrisy everywhere, by everybody. It gets tiring. Most of them spout lofty ideals but none of them lives up to same. Maybe you can't in a war. But if that's so, then they should be forgiving of each other's failures. Alas, there's none of that. By the end, if a character isn't ratting on somebody it's just to keep their own failures a secret.
Good, convincing acting. I'm assuming it's historically accurate, but I wasn't there so I don't know for sure. Too much emphasis on who's sleeping with whom, leading to too much of a soap-opera atmosphere sometimes.

Nov 02, 2016

Five stars for Season Four if you've invested the time in the first 3 seasons, which you'll only do if you can tolerate French-language television with English subtitles. No problem for me.
The action-packed story continues to explode around intense characters you will love or hate or love to hate by now.
The acting is so strong in this series that it can outshine all the stellar elements including rich cinematography.
A surprisingly fresh look at World War II with emotional authenticity.
Start with the first season and be amazed.

Oct 05, 2016

This is not meant to be a documentary of occupied France. In places it was a little like a soap opera, but I enjoyed keeping track of who was sleeping with whom. Each episode ended with a cliffhanger to be resolved. I study a lot of WWII history. This a very entertaining, intricate story that illustrates a bitter period of time for France without simply being a series of facts. It focuses on a number of characters both French citizens / resistance, German soldiers, Nazi SS / SD, and French collaborators. There are 5 sets of 12 episodes, one for each year of the German occupation of France, 1940-1944. The series is in French with subtitles. I became very engrossed in several characters, both good and evil, and really wanted to know their fates. Not really a spoiler, but one of my favorite characters is killed. Several other individuals sort of disappear into an unknown future and several strong story lines were simply dropped. ****** SPOILER ALERT *** I did not like that the French resistance forces were portrayed as worse than the Germans in many cases in the last episodes. There were, I am certain, abuses by the resistance toward Germans and collaborators after liberation, but to have abusive Frenchmen be the "stars" of the last episodes was very disappointing to me. I still recommend the series even though I enjoyed only 56 of the 60 episodes. Kristi & Abby Tabby


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