The Officers' Ward makes a monumental statement, both about the horrors of war and the resilience of the human spirit.
The movie is a masterful adaptation of the novel (Marc Dugain) by director François Dupeyron. The movie is set in Paris, during World War I. This film was included in the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2002 Festival, organized by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center in the New York City.
The story is about Adrien (Eric Caravaca) who is a young Engineer, waiting anxiously for the war to begin as he watches other soldiers departing on trains for the front-line. He is smitten by a young woman, Clemence (Géraldine Pailhas), with whom he passes one tender, desperate night.
Soon after, while on patrol, a bomb lands just next to him, knocking him unconscious. Later, he realizes that he cannot speak, though he can move his arms and legs. The only injury that he suffered is to his mouth and to one side of his face. For an entire 35 minutes after this tragic event, Adrien's face is not shown. He is placed in a specialized ward for officers with facial disfigurements, and any nurse or doctor who looks at him, is shown cringing in horror.
It is not until Adrien dares to confront himself, by looking at his reflection in the glass of the window, that the viewer is able to see the mutilated condition of his face. The other men in the ward support and encourage him to endure the unimaginable. A sweet and sympathetic nurse, Anaïs (Sabine Azema), offers motherly compassion, but he worries that no woman will ever look at him again the way that Clemence once did.
Through excellent filming, moving performances and a beautiful, artistic script, The Officers' Ward makes a monumental statement, both about the horrors of war and the resilience of the human spirit.
Cast And Credits
Cast: Eric Caravaca, Denis Podalydes, Grégori Dérangére, Sabine Azema, André Dussollier
Directed by: Francois Dupeyron
Produced by: Michele Petin, Laurent Petin
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