Actor Lambert Wilson portrays General de Gaulle convincingly in De Gaulle , a well-applied, yet very conventional biographical drama that should appeal to history buffs.
De Gaulle dwells on the few weeks leading up to the famous speech of June 18, 1940, in which General de Gaulle called for resistance by speaking to BBC radio live from London.
We are therefore in the spring of 1940. The French army is collapsing in the face of the German invasion. Refusing to see France capitulate and opposing the defeatist behavior of Marshal Pétain, de Gaulle was dispatched to London to meet Churchill and convince him to help France continue to fight. But during this time, Germany is gaining ground on French territory and the de Gaulle family is forced to leave the country.
It would certainly have taken a series declined in several seasons to tell the whole of the life of General de Gaulle, who also marked the history of Quebec by pronouncing his famous “Vive le Québec libre!” »During a public speech in Montreal in 1967 while he was President of the French Republic.
Director Gabriel Le Bomin instead wanted to paint an intimate portrait of the man by focusing as much on his early political career (he was only 50 years old at the time) as on his family life. The filmmaker also insists a lot on his qualities as a father, emphasizing the fact that he and his wife Yvonne (Isabelle Carré) had to raise a daughter with Down's syndrome. The result is a classic film and a little too wise which, by sticking to historical facts, does not manage to move.
A film by Gabriel Le Bomin.
With Lambert Wilson, Olivier Gourmet and Isabelle Carré