PREVIEW FOR LE CIEL EST A VOUS - A FILM BY JEAN GREMILLON
Many years after the war, Pierre Gauthier returns to the town in which he had
spent his youth, hoping to resume a normal existence. But he still keeps on dreaming
and wants to fly again. He manages to buy a small plane and, one day, his wife
Therese takes off to break a record. After many twists and turns of fortune, she
succeeds, and is received with a great ceremony by a huge crowd.
The story may seem simple, but you understand the deeper impact of the film when it is known that it received, paradoxically, twice, a favorable response - by the press of the Vichy regime during the Occupation, which saw it as extolling noble and pure sentiments, and by the Leftist film-clubs after the Liberation (it is they who consecrated the film) who saw in it a celebration of feminism that is the contrary of the Vichy regime's article of faith "Woman at home"!
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