World War II dramas are prime contenders for Oscar consideration. It’s an accepted fact. Yet, The Weinstein Company are steering one of their upcoming titles, Suite Francaise, toward a far less starry showcase. Its world premiere will take place at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this November – and depending on its reception, it may hit US screens in the new year. Whatever happens, there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the pic, which looks to contain another compelling performance from Michelle Williams.
Based on the best-selling novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the film is set during the German occupation of France and chronicles a romantic affair between an unlikely couple. Williams takes on the role of a French woman who falls for a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) who commandeers charge of her town.
The latest trailer that’s arrived today focuses on the tension between the couple, as their affair continues to challenge the concepts of right and wrong. It looks like a bristling drama, with plenty of juicy supporting turns from Kristin Scott Thomas, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Alexandra Maria Lara, Tom Schilling, Eileen Atkins, and Lambert Wilson.
Suite Francaise opens in the UK on January 23rd, 2015. Check out the trailer above and plot summary below and let us know what you think.
Set in 1940s France and based on the international best-selling work of Irène Némirovsky, SUITE FRANÇAISE follows beautiful Lucile Angellier who awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war whilst leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law. When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ homes, Lucile’s life is turned upside down. In the Angellier home, Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno, the handsome and refined German officer who has been posted to live with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and traps them in the tragedy of war.