STRAYED

Depressing Look at an Escape from WW II

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Release Date: May 14, 2004

Starring: Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, and Clémence Meyer

Genre: War Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 95 minutes

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Content:

(HH, L, V, SS, NN, A, D, MM) Strong humanist worldview that depressingly trudges on without acknowledging a Creator; five strong obscenities but no ‘f’ words; WWII violence includes planes shooting people, planes dropping bombs on close contact, character commits suicide off-screen, and man shoves another man; fornication depicted between woman and a mentally unsound teenager; rear and side female nudity during sex, and naturalistic upper male nudity; wine; frequent cigarette smoking; and, lying and stealing.

GENRE: War Drama

Summary:

STRAYED moves extremely slowly through the story of a young widowed mother Odile who must escape Paris during the German Invasion of World War II. It suffers from a depressing humanist worldview and a scene of fornication between an adult and a teenager.

Review:

STRAYED moves extremely slowly through the story of a young widowed mother named Odile who must escape Paris during the German Invasion of World War II. She and her two children take to the road, where they run the risk of being shot or bombed by German planes. After one particularly gruesome attack, they escape into the forest and take temporary residence in a deserted house. With them is a teenager named Yvan, who helped Odile’s son avoid gunfire on the road. Yvan and Odile begin a strange courtship that is never spoken about until what turns into their final night together. The next morning, Yvan is apprehended by German police and his shady past is outed.

The revelation that Yvan has a potentially dangerous and hidden past is supposed to be a big surprise for the audience, but his elusive and childlike behavior throughout the movie already hinted at mental incompetence. In comparison, Odile simply seems naïve and desperate to attach herself to him. She is always running to the most immediately sensible option, which is rarely very sensible, so the movie is depressing in its shortsighted humanism. Also, Odile and Yvan fornicate somewhat graphically.

In Brief:

STRAYED moves extremely slowly through the story of a young widowed mother Odile who escapes Paris during the German Invasion of World War II. She and her two children take to the road, where they run the risk of being shot or bombed by German planes. After one particularly gruesome attack, they escape into the forest and take temporary residence in a deserted house. With them is a teenager named Yvan, who helped Odile’s son avoid gunfire on the road. Yvan and Odile begin a strange courtship that is never discussed until what turns into their final night together. The next morning, Yvan is apprehended by German police, and his shady past is outed.

The revelation that Yvan has a potentially dangerous and hidden past is supposed to be a surprise, but his elusive and childlike behavior throughout the movie hinted at mental incompetence. In comparison, Odile simply seems naïve and desperate to attach herself to him. She is always running to the most immediate option, which is rarely very sensible, so the movie is depressing in its shortsighted humanism. Also, there is a scene of fornication between an adult and a teenager.