French farce

The German occupation of France, a sinister and embarrassing epoch for the French, tends to be treated by them with dutiful solemnity or avoided altogether. Therefore the gleeful irreverence of Jean-Paul Rappeneau and his team of screenwriters in Bon Voyage is refreshing, even liberating. In this respect it recalls John Boorman’s 1987 memoir of growing up during the Blitz, Hope and Glory, which cleared the air of decades of sentimentality and self-glorification.

 

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