War Entertainment

I am hoping against hope that my only experiences with war will be via television and movies. For whatever reason, MK and I have really been enjoying several shows that all relate to war.

The biggest TV binge has been ‘Un Village français,’ the FrenchTV serial that is now in its 7th season. It is a bit confusing in that the first DVD that we got says season one but it is actually seasons 1 & 2, if memory serves me well. The seasons roughly correspond to each year of WWII in Nazi occupied France.

One reason I know that the series is really good is that I very quickly learned the names of all of the main characters. At first, I thought that it was reasonably interesting as a series, but very quickly the intensity of the drama grew and we were totally drawn in. The complexity of the mini-plots along with the difficulties of to collaborate or not are fascinating. I quickly realized that what looks like a no brainer of how to react to the evil brilliance of the Nazis is, in fact, horribly complex. There was truly no way to really always do the right thing. Morality judgments quickly get cloudy.

Once in to the drama, the episodes would always end in such a way that you the viewer would feel as if it was absolutely necessary to view the next one.

On Monday evening, we watched the last two episodes of the last Season available to us, Season 5 (actually 6). Now we are left hanging. There is a new one currently being seen in France and I believe it is the last. We are dying to see it and wondering when it will be available for American viewing. I had searched everywhere and we ended up only finding all of the DVDs at the local library. It seems that few, if any people, are aware of the show so we had no time getting it.

We are watching ‘Home Fires’ on Masterpiece Theatre. We are watching the current season. It is a wonderful depiction of life in the U.K. during WWII.

Our other war entertainment was ‘Frantz,’ a WWI French-German production that shows a devastated German family whose son, Frantz, was lost in the war. Living with them is their son’s fiancée. One day she sees a young man leaving flowers on the grave of her intended. He is French and not much appreciated as a visitor in the town. The story unfolds in a complicated way and the young woman ends up going to France to find the young man who has gone home. I have given few details, but the story is very complicated, beautifully filmed, and quite compelling.

I am going through withdrawal.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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