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Our choice for the December French movie is Le Silence de la Mer by Jean Pierre Melville
The first, a terse and austere film by Jean Pierre Melville, better known for the cool gangster movies he made later. This 1949 adaptation of the novel by Jean Vercors takes place during the German occupation of France. French families then were often forced to lodge German officers. The underground Resistance, while allowing them to submit to the German demands ordered them not to engage in any conversations or relationship with them and give them the silent treatment. Deceptively simple and minimalist, the film conveys the latent tension and unspoken feelings of an elderly man and his adult niece and a German officer billeted in the formers’ house. The German is a cultured man who professes a deep love for French culture and behaves in a polite and courteous manner to them while they resist his attempts to engage in conversations with him. Melville eloquently and captures the reticences, mutual curiosity and possible attraction that develop between the three characters. A lyrical movie by the young Melville with the wonderful photography by Henri Decae who subsequently worked in several of his later films as well as with Louis Malle and Claude Chabrol.
Suitable for all audiences – English subtitles – 1h40