“Suite Française” U.K. Reviews Round-Up

With the U.K. release being set on Friday (March 13) the first reviews are getting released for Matthias upcoming movie “Suite Française“. Matthias stars alongside Michelle Williams in the Irène Némirovsky adaptation. We will round-up the reviews in this post. The movie is getting good reviews so far:

“The leads play things ingenuously straight, summoning genuine heat in the characters’ fleeting moments of physical interlocking. Williams, among the most intelligently intuitive actresses of her generation, imbues Lucile with a fragile, thoughtful reserve that never comes off as wan. She’s ideally matched by rising Belgian star Schoenaerts, who continues to demonstrate his versatility with each of his English-language assignments: He’s as dashingly refined here as he was viscerally brooding in his breakout roles in “Rust and Bone” and “Bullhead.” Channeling something of the young Fredric March in his graceful demeanor and delivery, he maps out Bruno’s internal conflicts with poignant economy.”
Guy Lodge, Variety

4/5 stars
“The main focus is indeed the fragile-but-burgeoning relationship between Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) and Commander Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), but Suite Française also seeks to depict the humanity that can sometimes be revealed in an enemy. Suite Française is an impressive and poignant portrayal of the civilian wartime experience of that era.”
Amy McLelland, The Upcoming

3/5 stars
“It’s very easy to be flippant with the material and lose sight of the context when a romantic narrative takes precedence – but the director never compromises on the severity of war.”
Stefan Pape, Hey Guys

4/5 stars
“It’s gripping, gritty and thought provoking. And the fact that Némirovsky had the generosity of spirit to create these characters is still astonishing.”
Andy Lea, Daily Star

4/5 stars
“This is a handsome and intelligent adaptation of the writings of Irène Némirovsky – the Russian-born French writer who died in Auschwitz and whose two unpublished novellas emerged in 2004 as one book, ‘Suite Française’. Taking the novel’s lead, Saul Dibb’s nuanced, compelling film offers an intriguing close-up portrait of Bussy, a northern French village forced to host a garrison of Nazi soldiers. At the film’s heart is a sort-of romance between timid Lucile (Michelle Williams), and a cultured, piano-playing Nazi officer, Bruno (Matthias Schoenaerts).”
Cath Clarke, Time Out

3/5 stars
“This is a handsome production on an important theme with a deeply tragic backstory, shot with precision and acted with conviction. A much-admired text is respectfully brought to the screen in a film that nonetheless struggles under the burden of its war movie clichés.”
Rob James, Total Film