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34 Ratings

Maine-Ocean Express


Directed by Jacques Rozier
France, 1986


Displaying the improvisatory brio of the early New Wave, Maine-Ocean Express shows an insatiable curiosity about what happens when people of different languages and cultures are thrown together.

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Maine-Ocean Express Directed by Jacques Rozier

Critics reviews

Although Maine-Océan highlights the disparities generated and/or sustained by class hierarchies, immigration, and globalization, the film has no villains. Rozier’s critique, while markedly Left, is never vitriolic nor patronizing. Failed communication lies at the root of all these problems and this provides the film’s central theme, brilliantly illustrated through a dexterous use of language.
May 10, 2013
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The scene in “Grand Illusion” in which the prisoners rehearsing for their review suddenly stand at attention and sing the Marseillaise is one of the most moving in cinema. They were already acting, in costume (the dresses), and then something catches, crystallizes. The film becomes symphonic. You get the same kind of feeling in the King of Samba scene; that of witnessing the birth of a consonance… Except that here, the consonance takes much longer to be realized.
April 01, 1986
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