Oh, how sick I'm getting of watching movies which don't inspire me to rate them any higher than a tepid "7". They're mostly "quality" films which don't really suck, but which don't make me want to run out and shout their praises from the rooftops either. "Strayed" is yet another well-made film that I feel luke-warmly about.
The movie started out promising enough. It's set in France in 1940 during WWII. Germany is bombing the bejesus out of France and hordes of people are fleeing Paris, including a recently widowed mother named Odile and her two children; a 13-year old boy named Philippe and a 7-year old girl named Cathy. When German planes bomb the road filled with refugees and her car is incinerated, Odile and her kids flee into the woods, assisted by a 17-year old boy they meet on the road named Yvan.
Yvan seems to have incredible survival skills and sensing his mother's clulessness, Philippe bribes Yvan to let them latch onto him for a while. Yvan agrees and finds an abandoned house in the woods where they all can live.
There are immediate clashes between Odile and Yvan. Odile sees herself as the head of the household, establishing house rules (such as no guns allowed) and enforcing them (by burying Yvan's pistol in the garden). Yvan, on the other hand, is actually providing all of the food for the "family" by catching fish and setting rabbit traps. Philippe mostly follows Yvan around trying to get him to like him and Cathy's sole purpose in the film is to periodically complain about being hungry. Yvan, when he's not out hunting wascally wabbits, mostly hangs around making contemptuous cracks about the others.
Then one day, Yvan announces that he'd like Odile to be his "wife". She laughs at first, but as time goes by seems to warm up to the idea, apparently unphased by the fact that this kid is only four years older than her own son. This IS war after all.
All through the movie, there are hints that Yvan isn't really who he says he is and that he's hiding some big secret, but after multiple attempts to piece together Yvan's past prove fruitless, Odile seems to give up and stop caring. And so did I. By the time the movie got around to explaining itself, I was pretty much sick of the whole thing.