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Calm at Sea (2011)

La mer à l'aube (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 4 April 2012 (Belgium)
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A teenager joins the resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

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Volker Schlöndorff (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Léo-Paul Salmain ... Guy Môquet
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Ulrich Matthes ... Ernst Jünger
Jean-Marc Roulot Jean-Marc Roulot ... Lucien Touya
Philippe Résimont Philippe Résimont ... Désiré Granet
Charlie Nelson Charlie Nelson ... Victor Renelle
Martin Loizillon Martin Loizillon ... Claude Lalet
Sébastien Accart Sébastien Accart ... Le sous-préfet Bernard Lecornu
Gilles Arbona Gilles Arbona ... Dr. Maurice Ténine
Arnaud Simon Arnaud Simon ... Marc Bourhis
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... L'abbé Moyon
Arielle Dombasle ... Charmille
Luc Florian Luc Florian ... Georges Chassagne
André Jung André Jung ... Général Otto von Stülpnagel
Harald Schrott ... Colonel Schneidel
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A teenager joins the resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

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Drama | War

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French | German

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4 April 2012 (Belgium) See more »

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Calm in the camp
25 June 2019 | by mancinibrownSee all my reviews

Calm at Sea takes place in a French occupation camp in 1941. The movie opens with the prisoners in the camp holding a race, while the men and women (who are separated) are flirting between the wires. No sense of danger seems imminent. Simultaneously outside, in Nantes, 3 members of the communist party take it upon themselves to shoot and kill a Nazi officer. This leads to the Nazi occupiers (and French collaborators) to reciprocally kill50 hostages for the act.

That more or less sums up the entire movie, and nothing happens to surprise one way or another. There are scenes of the French and Germans trying to avoid the outcome, some trying harder than others. We see the hostages rounded up in the camps, knowing what's coming, but doing nothing about it. And we march inexorably towards the climax of the movie.

Not to say there isn't a story to be told here, but this wasn't it. It felt stilted, disjointed, and without any real power. It wants to show the strength and resolve of the men, but fails in that regard.


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