Charlotte Gray: Mission Aborted
A man approaches Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett) on a train to London. He learns that she can read and speak French fluently and is very passionate about what Germany is doing to France, so he recruits her to act as a courier for the French Resistance. Though, not before she falls in love and sexes up a hawt young thang that afterwards is shot down somewhere over France. So basically she decides, or I should say it appears that she decides to join up so she can look for her hawt young thing. There are numerous beautiful shots of Blanchett’s lovely and perfectly made up face and pouty lips and a nice historical bridge and a train track with a river in the distance that looks exactly like the one used in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. You know, the shot when Ron is driving the enchanted car and Harry’s door comes open and he falls out. Around here, we love how Hedwig’s eyes grow big when she hears the train coming. Anyway, so far Charlotte has gotten to France and is met by, whom? Another hawt young thang, Julien Levade (Billy Crudup),(I must concur, he is spicy!). The parents of two young Jewish boys who see Charlotte land by parachute go missing. It is believed they are sent off to a work camp, possibly in Poland. Without further ado, Charlotte is assigned mother duty, along with sensitive young caregiver duty for Julien Levade’s grumpy old father (Michael Cambon).
Charlotte’s recurring contact is a bitter old salty man who has grown cynical and is not surprised by death, destruction, or anything else war brings (Played by Ron Cook,, the very same actor who brought us the adorable Mr. Bozzle in the movie, He Knew He Was Right). He immediately understands her meaning when she alludes to a missing friend. Obviously, under his rough exterior he is a true romantic. Now the Germans are taking over their quaint French village, and naturally, Julien Levade shouts at them, because being a secret agent Communist who blows up German supplies means he has no reason to be inconspicuous and stay off German shit lists. Charlotte shuts him up by what else, but planting her mouth around his, in the middle of the street, between the tanks and trucks rumbling by and the butchers, bakers, and telephone operators.
The local schoolmaster who is tired of lonely nights takes notice of Charlotte’s willingness to give kisses and begins to spy on her. Then a note comes changing the time of a meeting. This is where I cut off. I suspect the school master will rape Charlotte or black mail her into a relationship or something along the lines all the while Charlotte risks death for herself (and others) to find the first hawt young thang she sexed up back in London while she struggles with what to do with the second hawt thang. Woman warrior equals, mother, caregiver, and puts her love interest over the interest of France. How original.
Maybe I will leave this film for a real film critic to review.
Set in same period as Tea with Mussolini. I had to abort that mission as well because of an over all over excessive corniness, –and Cher. At least I have Miss Marple.