Follows along the lines of the director's The Grand Illusion, but without that film's depth.
| Original Score: B
The tone is light and the repeated escape attempts are played with a comic undertone, yet behind the humor is the feeling of dignity lost...
Renoir draws a connection both to his past as a filmmaker and to Paris' past, emphasizing the senseless repetition of war and the timeless universality of man's fight for liberty.
| Original Score: 3/4
This late addition to Renoir's impressively wide-ranging oeuvre is nevertheless suffused with the same warm and generous humanism as the great Règle du Jeu or Grande Illusion.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tthe trace of philosophical implication makes it worth more than lightly passing through.
| Original Score: 3/5
This is a slight and sentimental tale from Renoir, for the most part played for laughs, but it is informed with a trademark humanism that is evident in his greatest work.
An ironic comedy of fake French heroics and real French heroism, the film is delicate and witty and features a delightful performance from Jean-Pierre Cassel.