What can offer a better account of the atrocities committed by the Germans during their occupation of France than a movie set during that period and shot by French who has seen it all? Alliance Françoise de Hyderabad, as a part of the French film festival, is screening GOUPI-MAINS-ROUGES / It Happened at the Inn at Sarathi studios on 16th from 1830.
Directed by Jacques Becker, this 1943 film is an outrageously black comedy, set in motion by the murder of a member of the powerful, constantly feuding Goupi family. "Mains-Rouge," patriarch of four generations of Goupis (Fernand Ledoux), decides to take revenge on the relation suspected of the crime. Set in the rural Charentais, Becker's film is crowded with extravagant characters, but is always rooted--in almost documentary style--in the peasant realities of place and time.