Movie Spotlight | Spotlight | Indy Week
Pin It

Movie Spotlight 

Almost Peaceful

One of three opening night films for the North Carolina Jewish Film Festival, Michel Deville's Almost Peaceful is an episodic post-war French drama. Most of the action takes place in a Parisian tailor's shop, and most of the employees are recent survivors of the death camps.

It's summertime, or the off-season, which means that business is slow and the kids are at summer camp. In short, the adults have some time on their hands. One pursues an affair with a local prostitute while another tries to clear up his naturalization papers and runs into an old tormentor in the process. Meanwhile, an unhappily married woman pines for a tailor who's lost his family--their inevitable confrontation is the film's best scene. All of them ruminate on the fearful cataclysm that they've just experienced, one that's severed their ties to the lives they once had.

Almost Peaceful is an apt title, for despite the film's surface serenity, irony and sadness are never far away. For instance, two women chatter about their children's activities at camp while another tailor averts his eyes--he's still keeping a vigil for his wife and children's return from a different kind of camp. (Tears, one tailor says, is the one stock we never run out of.)

Deville's new film doesn't quite match Enemies: A Love Story, which remains one of the best film treatments of romance and family reconstitution in the post-Holocaust moment. Although Almost Peaceful may be a little too episodic, talky and unfocused for some tastes, it nonetheless successfully and gracefully captures the moment in its own way. --David Fellerath

For a complete schedule of the North Carolina Jewish Film Festival, go to www.carolinatheatre.org.

  • Almost Peaceful

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Spotlight

  • Paul Newman, 1925-2008

    Paul Newman, 1925-2008

    A hero we could believe in
    • Oct 3, 2008
  • Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham

    Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham

    Pollack's death Monday, May 26, at age 73 represents the passing of a true film raconteur and accomplished director.
    • May 27, 2008
  • <i>Om Shanti Om</i>

    Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om delivers the glitter and glamour, the comedy and thrills, religion and the supernatural, mother love, high fashion and eye-popping  production numbers in proper masala fashion.
    • Nov 14, 2007
  • More »


Twitter Activity

Comments

I find this rather interesting ..My name is Gary E.Queen .I am a grand son of Thomas H. Queen,Descendant ,Of …

by Gary E. Queen on The Queen Family (Spotlight)

"He was the picture of a man comfortable in his own skin and celebrity." I never met Pollack, but I …

by rwcass on Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham (Spotlight)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation