Screened as part of NZIFF 2008
Winner of France's Jean Vigo Award for the year's most remarkable debut, the elegantly assured La France mixes genres - period romance, war movie and pop album - to confoundingly pleasurable effect. As WWI rages, Camille (Sylvie Testud) receives a letter from her husband at the front, telling her that she will never see him again. Determined to prove him wrong, she sets off, disguised as a boy, to find him. She falls in with a lost regiment she meets in a forest, and their strange, detached war-weary world becomes the landscape of her romantic quest. In the film's most amazing invention, the action pauses while the men gather to sing their hearts out - to tunes that might have been written 45 years later. — BG. "Sublime... a holy union of war movie and love story, consecrated in the chapel of pop." — Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Bay Guardian.