A potent, if half-baked, political allegory that organically shifts into majestic romanticism. Gilles and Dominique, operating under control of the Devil, arrive at a castle under the guise of minstrels looking to disrupt the marriage of Hugues and Ann. In the process, the duo freeze time and woo the betrothed away from one another. The "occupation" becomes a bit thorny as a trio of little people (vive la France!) plot against the intruders, Gilles and Ann actually do fall in love and the Devil himself enters to clean up the mess. It's all remarkably French, influenced by Cocteau and showing flashes of early Resnais, almost tossing the allegorical conceits aside in favor of a rapturous love story where intense love conquers all, even Satan. Who can worry about the Nazis when everyone's falling in love? No one said the French were great military tacticians, but fantastical romance they can absolutely handle.