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La nuit de Varennes

Ettore Scola Italy, 1982

redux's rating of the film That Night in Varennes

A surprisingly topical historical fantasy that explores themes of social division and individual beliefs in times of abrupt historical change. While it could have easily turned into a mundane adventure flick, it is rather admirably molded as a Watteauesque-peripathetic conversation piece. Great group performance, with a spectacular Trintignant in the tiny role of the fast-adapting Average Joe.