French movie 10 – L’ufficiale e la spia (2019)

L‘ufficiale e la spia / J’accuse (R. Polanski 2019)

Friday 24 June at 9:30 pm, Piazza Ferrario, Ispra

In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young promising officer, is degraded for spying for Germany, wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s Island. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, who is promoted to run the military counter-intelligence unit that tracked him down. But when Picquart discovers that secrets are still being handed over to the Germans, he is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption that threatens not just his honor but his life.

Why you should see that movie :

The story is nothing revolutionary, no extra twist or suprise but the real gem here is the way the story is told and the movie was shot.

In contrast to the oversaturated Hollywood exhaustive action packed style this movie manages to tell the intriguing Dreyfus affair in France 1895 without unnecessary overdone action scenes/music whilst maintaining the core tension of the topic that doesn’t let you off the hook.

When the movie was finished I couldn’t believe that over 2h were over and I felt pleasantly refreshed and renewed, although I was constantly focused on what will happen next. That’s the level of smoothness we are talking about here.

A connection to past Polanski or French movies is definitely visible and this way of storytelling can be thought of as a new take on it.

If you like historical dramas with a good portion of crime you should definitely take a look at this gem.

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