Come What May

From the director of the inspiring Oscar nominated Joyeux Noel, comes another untold war story, which draws upon actual memories of Christian Carion's own mother's biographical experiences.

 
It's rare to see a World War II movie focus on such a small town perspective, but Come What May (En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît, 2015) uncovers the power and resilience that a few villagers along the northern French and Belgian border in the early 1940's possessed. 
 
After the invasion of 1940, the citizens of the quaint Pas-de-Calais experience "one of the largest displacements of people in the 20th century", as the film informs us.
 
Paul (Olivier Gourmet) the town mayor, tries valiantly to salvage the collective morale of his fellow citizens joining him on the run. Hans (August Diehl) is a German resistance fighter and has escaped to France with 8-year-old son Max (Joshio Marlon). In the chaos that surrounds the evacuation, father and son are devastatingly separated and throughout the story, embark on a desperate journey to reunite.
 
A beautifully shot and well acted experience, if not a bit riddled with Hollywood gloss (which we have a soft spot for) Come What May is a more heartening and family friendly option for historical fiction fans.

Nicole Eicholtz 

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