Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
The night of August 24, 1944. The fate of Paris is in the hands of General von Choltitz, governor of Grand Paris, who is preparing, on Hitler’s orders, to blow up the French capital. The descendent of a long line of Prussian military men, the general has never had any hesitation when it came to obeying orders. This is what’s on Swedish consul Raoul Nordling’s mind as he takes the secret staircase that leads to General von Choltitz’s suite at the Hôtel Meurice. The bridges on the Seine and the major monuments of Paris (including the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower) are mined with explosives, ready to be detonated. Armed with all the weapons of diplomacy, the consul will try to convince the general not to follow Hitler’s order of destruction.
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★★★½ review by Filipe Furtado on Letterboxd
A two handler, less about politics or even negotiation, but on an ideal of civilization. The subject is weather Paris should or not be blow up at evening of allies taking it over, but it is really about current Europe at crossreoads. Directed in compact and dramatic exact manner by Volker Schlöndorff. Both Dussolier and Arestrup are magnificient.
★★★½ review by Tsunamijhoe on Letterboxd
Excellent film, with very good performances from both main actors.
★★★½ review by L Saturnino on Letterboxd
Escrutínio moral acerca das justificações do terrorismo.
★★★★½ review by shahbakht on Letterboxd
Let me list down the things I loved about this movie
1) It's set in Paris
2) There are shots of the Paris skyline that took my breath away
3) It's basically a conversation stretched to 83 minutes and the acting is damn fine
4) It's modern history
5) It's World War II
This is a movie for fans of good, solid character pieces. Tremendous acting, a great setting, and you have a masterpiece.
★★★½ review by GenkiB on Letterboxd
I enjoyed this. The acting was solid and the story compelling (even if we know the outcome). Also, they kept it short. Two guys talking in a room should only last so long. I give this a 7 outta 10.
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