Sunday, July 27, 2008

La France (Serge Bozon, 2007)


In Serge Bozon's aggressively eccentric WWI fairytale, Sylvie Testud dresses up as a boy and while searching for her husband's regiment latches onto a band of deserters who wax poetic about Atlantis and break into kitschy pop tunes, retrieving makeshift instruments from thin air. Bozon's chief goal seems to be to expose the fragility behind the valour and machismo of the warfront soldier and he goes about it in admirably unconventional ways. But for such a brash experiment, it's an oddly limp film. Since no screen time is wasted on character development, it's a shame how little the key ideas are allowed to advance. And much of the dialogue sounds as though it's meant to be infinitely richer and more poetic than is the case.

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