My first experience with a Melville film and I am very glad I started it here.
A gritty and bleak look at the efforts made by members of the French Resistance during WW2.
I enjoyed the unadorned portrayal of the French Resistance and their conflicts with the Nazis, it felt brutally honest and pessimistic. Yet the heroic portrayal of the characters definitely help to balance the two out.
The performances were overall great, especially Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret.
The dialogue was sharp and well written, and the film contained some interesting existential moments related to the hopelessness of their efforts.
The cinematography of the film was absolutely great. Each frame felt strong and perfectly executed through great blocking and staging. The film also had great uses of low key lighting and the cold colours present in the film blended well together while also adding to the unadorned portrayal.
I can't wait to check out more of Melville's work.