En mai fais ce qu'il te plaît France 2015 – 114min.

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En mai fais ce qu'il te plaît

Movie Rating: Geoffrey Crété

May, 1940. Escaping a small village in the north of France, Max is separated from his father Hans, a German political opponent of the Nazi regime who has been imprisoned as a suspected spy. When the German army invades the region, the town mayor decides to lead the inhabitants to Dieppe, which is said to be safe. Freed among the chaos, Hans goes in pursuit, accompanied by a British soldier.

Director Christian Carion (Merry Christmas) may have the advantage of Mathilde Seigner and a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone, but En mai fais ce qu’il te plaît is a film that’s hard to decide on: too stereotypical to be truly convincing, it does make up for that here and there with very solid scenes – especially one long shot animated by Morricone’s music, which adds grace to the violence of death, showing that Carion has the talent to become a real cineaste. Mathilde Seigner is especially touching in a role that is mainly anodyne, offsetting the unwavering aplomb of Olivier Gourmet. With his fourth movie Carion proves himself to be a solid narrator who balances the self-righteousness of his subject matter with undeniable expertise.



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