Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
France, 1995. Canal+, Les Films 13, TF1. Screenplay by Claude Lelouch, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Cinematography by Claude Lelouch, Philippe Pavans de Ceccatty. Produced by Claude Lelouch. Music by Didier Barbelievien. Production Design by Jacques Bufnoir, Laurent Tesseyre. Costume Design by Dominique Borg. Film Editing by Helene de Luze. Golden Globe Awards 1995. National Board of Review Awards 1995.
Not an adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, this film could be more likely considered a spinoff. An aging French truck driver (cinema legend Jean-Paul Belmondo) lives a life that has very much mirrored Hugo’s novel ever since his tragic childhood. Now it’s World War II and he takes part in helping to reunite a Jewish family who are in separate hiding places to avoid being sent off to concentration camps. The ending is touching and very satisfying, but all throughout its plot the film is marred by director Claude Lelouch’s lifeless self-importance.