A French village

A French village

Season 1, 1940

DVD - 2015 | French
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The blockbuster French drama, chronicles the impact of World War II on a small village in central France. The German occupation changes the life of the village of Villeneuve forever, and as its residents come under the pressures of war, they make choices that are inspiring and heartbreaking. In this gripping drama, ordinary citizens become patriots, traitors, Nazi employees or activists.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [publisher not identified],, [2015]
[United States] :, distributed by MHZ Networks Home Entertainment
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (700 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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dsw3914
Jun 02, 2018

Really, really liked this one. We picked it up for lack of anything else to watch and it quickly became one of our favorites. It has Downton Abbey-level acting and plot. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration but not much. It's very good. I assume it is historically accurate but will let others who may know more history decide that. If I had to find a negative it would be that it is in French and you will have to read the sub-titles unless of course you can speak French. We will for sure watch any season of this we can find. Suggest you make this one a priority!!

ArapahoeChristineS May 21, 2018

Imagine foreign soldiers entering your town, shooting some citizens, then requisitioning your home, your schools... This (subtitled) series tells the story of the people of a French village who's lives are turned upside down by the entrance of German forces in WWII. The focus is on the people of the village dealing with the unimaginable, and also, adjusting, as we do, and just living their lives. Very interesting and with drama and romance too.

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celinebc
Nov 21, 2017

I didn't know about this series until I saw it on the "recently reviewed" tab, I gave it a chance and really love this show, I have almost finished season one (I started it 3 days ago!), unfortunately I have to wait about a month for season 2.
I love the fact that it gives us an idea on how people lived in occupied France, and that the strongest people are not the one you think. There is good and bad people no matter the citizenship.

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sarahapayne
Sep 28, 2017

well, I'm just about to order season 1 but your first commentator disclosed part of the ending...thanks!!

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azumbrunn
Sep 10, 2017

This is a brilliant series. While it is indeed not a "documentary" on France under occupation it strives (successfully) to present the situation with accuracy and honesty. Hence the bad behavior of the Resistance towards the end (which is not worse than their opponents; Marchetti's killing of Marie Germain and the German SS commander's behavior at the end is certainly the worst all along.

The second World War (and indeed all wars since the Civil War) was different in America from the other involved countries. It never involved what we now unfortunately (thanks, W.!) call the "Homeland". All other countries took heavy civilin losses and massive destruction along with the battlefield casualties. France is just one example. I recommend in this context also a German series (Generation War; Unsere Väter, Unsere Mütter). Almost as good as the French Village.

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garycornell
Apr 21, 2017

Just add me the the list of KCLS patrons that loves "A Small French Village"! It is an really well written and well acted series. I want to see every season of the series. Thanks to the other patrons that so gave such excellent comments on the series.

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ZaraZ
Mar 08, 2017

I am very hooked on this Series. I've watched seasons 1 & 2 and asked the library to order the rest of the seasons. There are apparently seven with the last just airing in 2016 or 2017

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Adelheid
Feb 15, 2017

Awesome, now I got to wait for 6 ahead of me, bummmmer,

patcumming Dec 09, 2016

Riveting from the get go. So glad I could binge watch because I would never have been happy to wait to find out what happens next. So much food for thought and it left me wondering about how different people react when confronted with horrendous situations and decisions.

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posie12
Nov 25, 2016

Warning, you get very involved with the characters. Very watchable.

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