The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) Reviews

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March 12, 2020
What I liked most about the film was that it accepted, indeed relied upon, the extraordinary particularity of the individual. There were one or two generalisations... but otherwise, typecasting was avoided.
February 5, 2018
Watch for Pierre Mends-France, who makes you feel better about the human race after the rest of the film has made you despair.
January 30, 2018
The Sorrow and the Pity, whose dark base, after all, is set in suffering and death, is nevertheless a celebration of life.
June 30, 2017
This is one of the most important -- and gripping -- documentaries on the Second World War and its aftermath.
October 6, 2007
It's valuable mainly as a brilliant assemblage of documents and testimonies.
October 6, 2007
A work which helped change the way France viewed its own past, The Sorrow And The Pity is an impressively assembled documentary which combines archival footage and detailed personal testimonies to profound effect.
October 6, 2007
Through its scale, intelligence, wit, imaginative organisation and polemical thrust, it changed the face of the documentary forever.
October 6, 2007
The film is so boldly conceived, richly textured and beautifully paced that its marathon running time feels more like a sprint.
January 17, 2007
Documentary about the horrors of occupying a foreign country. Especially well worth watching now.
July 21, 2006
What is exceptional about the film is its comprehensive structure.
June 24, 2006
The mosaic is comprehensive, the documentation overwhelming, particularly regarding the nature and extent of collaboration.
July 31, 2005
March 12, 2005
March 3, 2005
A grand, astonishingly comprehensive document, recorded with unfailing persistence and intelligence.
October 23, 2004
In its complexity, its humanity, its refusal to find easy solutions, this is one of the greatest documentaries ever made.
May 22, 2004
[A] timeless study of human nature.
May 18, 2004
Even today it's lost little of its challenging impact.
November 17, 2003
July 30, 2003
Though lengthy and obviously downbeat, the 1970 film should be a staple for all serious filmgoers.
June 19, 2003
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