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Subtle, intense, full of innuendo, not just another variation around a stereotype!
The main actors are impeccable in the rendition of their respective characters. While we would expect it from a star of Lambert Wilson's caliber, Diane Rouxel is extremely credible in her portraying of the successful student with many diplomas and having lost sight of what she should be doing next.
I am older, so the French army was different then. Many of those who chose to embrace a career in it, did it for lack of better opportunities. And at the time, females were restricted to office work, if ever.
I found the depiction of the family relationship true and authentic. For having experienced it on first hand and observed and discussed it with the other recruits. Most of our parents were reluctant to have us chose the army over something "better". Most of us gave up on our sentimental lives quickly after we started training. Somehow, anything outside of the Army bubble became irrelevant.
Laure becomes entangled into her own emotions and feelings, and her motivation to get acceptance grows exponentially as the movie progresses.
Commander Rivière completely incarnates the gruff officer, ironclad and intransigent with everybody, himself included. Trying to hide some emotions that he perceives as weaknesses. We are surprised by his actions all the way to the end.
Obviously, not everything is perfect. This a budget limited movie. The "commando" training is much more demanding than what we are led to believe. Diane Rouxel's body hasn't got the muscles necessary to even attempt it. Mentally, I have seen ladies with the same "go getting" and more than male counterparts. However, part of being in a commando implies that you carry weapons and ammunition with you. This makes it a physical impossibility for someone who is said to weight only 120 lbs. Anyone of you who did the military knows how heavy ammunition is. Once it ends in your backpack, you have to take it with you, as with your main and reserve weapon. Even men with strong built struggle.
The fraternity that military people embrace is also shown, and the aggressive and competitive spirit there is when you do specialty training. This is something I lived to.
I recommend this movie. It does not let down and you get surprised to discover it is a little unknown gem in its own domain.
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