A French Village (all about a relatively typical village and what its inhabitants endured during World War II) will probably want to view COME WHAT MAY (En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît), the new film from Christian Carion (of The Girl from Paris, Farewell, and the Oscar-nominated Joyeux Noel), a movie that seems appropriately dedicated to those displaced folk from the French countryside who had to leave their homes and take to the road once the Germans invaded their country.
Olivier Gourmet, two photos above), who decide to abandon that village and try to make it to a larger city. They take with them a young German boy named Max (Joshio Marlon, above), who -- along with his father (August Diehl, below), both Communist refugees forced to flee from Nazi Germany -- has been living in the village masquerading as Belgian, until the father is arrested by the French authorities and the two are separated.
Pierre Cottereau) to costumes (Sandrine Langen) to the subtle, quiet and lovely musical score by Ennio Morricone. Despite that single misstep that seems a tad too-easy and coincidental, this movie should quickly engulf you and hold you thoroughly in thrall. It is a fine tribute to a generation (including Carion's own mother's) who took to the wartime road to save their lives and those of their family and friends. (That's Alice Isaaz, below, left, who plays -- and very well -- the school teacher who protects our young Max.)