In this soaring romantic drama, the wife (Madeleine Renaud) of a former fighter pilot (Charles Vanel) who is preoccupied with his glory days in the sky during World War I, falls in love with the idea of flying herself.
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Again the immense beauty of a love's gesture for contradictory characters, without punishment or judgment. Like some great French filmmakers of the working classes (Jean Vigo, Epstein, Renoir, Pagnol, René Allio), Grémillon delivers a whole formal knowledge to the rhythm of a history of excellence and integrity of individuals who, by their exception, are the real dimension of humanity. And, in addition, of cinema.
De la grande mise en scène, admirablement servie par l'évident couple Madeleine Renaud et Charles Vanel, deux comédiens excellents, qui allient la justesse du ton, l'authenticité de leurs personnages, l'émotion de leur conviction, à une parfaite maîtrise d'une dramaturgie menée avec un indéniable talent... www.cinefiches.com