DVD Resistance

DVD Resistance
DVD Resistance
Run time: 92 min
Rating: 4.9
Genres: Drama | Thriller | War
Director: Amit Gupta
Writers: Amit Gupta, Owen Sheers
Stars: Michael Sheen, Andrea Riseborough, Iwan Rheon
Storyline
In 1944, the D-Day for the invasion of Normandy by the Allies has failed and Europe has not been released from the German forces. The men of an isolated Welsh village disappear and their wives believe that they have joined the resistance and soon German soldiers arrive at the village. The farmer Sarah Lewis and the German Commander Albrecht befriend to each other along the year. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Plot Keywords: occupied country, welsh valley, resistance fighter, world war two, german invasion
Details:
Country: UK, Germany
Release Date: 25 November 2011 (UK)

4 Comments

  1. Resistance is a war movie like no other I have seen. It is probably more accurate to describe it as a film about humanity found in war. This probably marks it out as an anti-war movie if anything and is clearly not to everyone's taste. It is, however, to mine, and I have found myself thinking about the film for many days after seeing it.

    It is a film which stays with you. It is also a film that perhaps expects rather a lot from the audience, for which I and my wife were incredibly grateful, as this is increasingly uncommon.

    I would recommend you to see this film if you like ideas, beauty and no easy answers. The performances are uniformly stunning and the photography, breathtaking. Don't see it if you expect to be told what to think. This is a film about difficult questions in extreme circumstances and as such demands commitment.

  2. Knowing that the film you are about to see is based on a much-loved historical novel that was partially funded by book groups and fans much lead you to expect a movie made up of long complex conversations in overly art-directed heritage country houses.

    Resistance is the opposite of novelistic. It is the embodiment of cinematic. There are as few words as possible in every scene. No voice-overs, people sitting down to write letters, no exposition. Despite it's wartime setting, this film is not made up of daring missions by brave resistance fighters against inhuman Nazis. It is an exploration of whether we can resist the forces that seek to shape our lives.

    I see the film as the story of Albrecht, the leader of the small group of war-weary Germans who have been assigned the task of occupying a remote Welsh hamlet in alternative history version of WWII in which the Germans are invading the British Isles. When he first arrives, the women say that their men are up farming the remote fields. He soon realises that the men have vanished in advance of his arrival in a bid to join the British resistance.

    As with good movie titles, it means more than one thing: as well as the resistance group that the men have left to join, there are the large and small acts of resistance that are open to the remaining women, and even some of the Germans.

    Resistance is a period film, but it has more in common with 2011's 'Drive' and 'Shame' than 'It Happened Here' and 'Saving Private Ryan.'

  3. Having read and enjoyed the novel I decided to rent this movie, but while awaiting delivery I read all the reviews I could find. A very high proportion of these user reviews, both on IMDb and elsewhere, described a film that was totally boring, a complete waste of time, had nothing to do with resistance and was generally pointless.

    All I can say in reply to these reviews is that films about war are not necessarily about violence, gunfire and cruelty. Put briefly, this film is a gentle story set in a beautiful Welsh valley, a tale of frightened farmer's wives left mysteriously without their menfolk, a group of German soldiers traumatised by war, an expression of human feeling and resistance to war in many and varied ways. If this doesn't appeal to you, then watch Rambo! If, however, you are a sensitive soul with a belief in human goodness, then watch this film and enjoy it! My only gripe is that I found the dialogue a little hard to follow – and there are no subtitles. Having said that, I accepted this difficulty and found that it didn't really affect my pleasure – the film doesn't rely heavily on dialogue. All-in-all a most enjoyable film and one that I will watch again – it certainly helped to hear the director's commentary on the DVD.

  4. Lets begin with the positives. Its a very pretty film which makes full use of a Welsh valley. The acting is pretty good as well, in general. It looks very period and the Welsh country show with Nazi backdrop is well done.

    So in short all of the pieces are here to make a good film. The scene setting is pretty good and the cast competent. But a film is not all scenery and actors, it does kind of require a story as well – but this really is where this one falls down because it really does not have one.

    And its not as if there aren't plenty of opportunities for a story to break out. There's the resistance group with all their secret weapons… but they get bumped off in short measure. There's the young heroic, lone, resistance fighter… who has virtually no lines and no action at all.

    There's the German invasion and conquest of Britain… which is happens entirely on the radio. There's the secret of the map… but that really goes no-where and if it had not been part of the plot at all you'd really not notice. There's the Martin Sheen character who is great and mysterious… and in the film for all of about 4 minutes during which time he does damn all.

    Which leaves the war-weary soldiers hiding in the valley to see the war out… but who then allow someone out so as to enter a horse in the local agricultural show!

    But there again how about five people could be expected to keep everyone (including rest of the German army) out of an entire valley, as well as not actually being missed by anyone is anyone's guess. After all this is a map that is wanted by senior German officials, so they really WOULD notice if their crack search team had gone walkabout!

    Its as if the director lost interest about 15 minutes into the film and just left the camera running while the actors improvise until they got bored and wandered off – which chances are most of the audience will.

    In short, if you want to see what German occupied rural Wales would have looked like its great. However, after those 4-5 minutes the rest of the hour and a half is eminently, frustratingly, forgettable.

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