Suite Française

Critics Consensus

Suite Française takes an understated approach to its period romance, which -- along with strong performances from a talented cast -- pays absorbing dividends.



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Based on the best-selling book by Irene Nemirovsky and set during the German occupation of France in the 1940's, Suite Française tells the story of Lucille Angellier as she awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war. As Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' homes, Lucile's life is turned upside down - further complicated by the arrival of refined German officer, Bruno. A story of the power of love and the tragedy of war.

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Critic Reviews for Suite Française

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (11)

  • A sturdy enough but ultimately overpolite entry into the classic wartime women's melodrama, in which war's impact on the lonely heart is nearly as devastating as the havoc wreaked on limb and landscape.

    Jul 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What could be all-too-familiar here is mostly fresh and engaging, thanks to understated storytelling and a great cast.

    Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
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  • As doomed wartime romances go, the film doesn't offer anything particularly original. But with palpable tension and poignancy, Suite Francaise is fine filmmaking well worth watching.

    Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • How are you with the old parleyvoo? Not so hot? Suite Française, the latest movie about France under the Occupation, neither.

    Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Everyone involved has been better elsewhere.

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a very solemn Stella Artois commercial, this is a golden-tinted saga of everyday French collaborating folk in the second world war.

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suite Française

  • Aug 08, 2015
    A slight lack of focus is the one real flaw in this deftly acted and visually interesting true story (one I didn't know); Michelle Williams is fantastic as always
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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