The cinematography was quite impressive. I liked the use of two different viewing perspectives, first and second, in the trenches. I think this film is both anti-war and anti-power. I thought Douglas was good, but he didn’t seem very French to me.
I thought two other aspects of the film were problematic. One, the soldier that was constantly crying at the end. This became too overwrought for me. Two, the German girl singing in the bar at the end where the soldiers are rowdy, then become quiet and reflective with some shedding tears. It was bittersweet and I understand it, but I thought it was a bit too sentimental and even Spielberg-esque for this film.