By Suzanne A. Marshall from the February 2017 Edition
Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission be-hind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. “
This film is a masterpiece of art direction, costuming and realistic sets. These alone are worth seeing. I note there are a number of award nominations for these very reasons. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard play their roles with a genuine ‘feel’ for those times; somewhat reserved and proper. This is, perhaps, why I never really felt a chemistry between them. However, the story is fascinating and overall very good entertainment. There is plenty of intrigue and the plot does keep you guessing until the very end. I enjoyed it.
My curiosity found me doing a little bit of research to find out if the movie was based on a true story. The story’s writer, Steven Knight, now a successful screen writer, was personally told this story while visiting friends many years ago. This being long before his fame, he feels that the story was related to him, in all sincerity, by a relative of the heroine’s family. Therefore, it’s possibly a true story but not one that can be verified. He says he knew it would be a movie someday.
The IMDB rating is 7.2/10 based on an estimated 25,085 viewers.
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Suzanne A. Marshall hails from western Canada and has been living the good life in Manzanillo over the past 8 years. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She is retired from executive business management where her writing skills focused on bureaucratic policy, marketing and business newsletters. Now she shares the fun and joy of writing about everyday life experiences in beautiful Manzanillo, Mexico, the country, its people, the places and the events.