MOTHER OF NORMANDY: THE STORY OF SIMONE RENAUD

"Saintly Gratitude"

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Content: +4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
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THE MOTHER OF NORMANDY is an entertaining, heart-rending television documentary about a person of faith and values who made a tremendous difference. It tells the story of Simone Renaud, the wife of the mayor of the town in Normandy where American soldiers parachuted behind German lines on D-Day during World War II. Simone tried everything she could to help them during the fierce firefights as the Nazis were shooting and killing the paratroopers. After the battle, she tended to the graves of the Americans and wrote thousands of letters to the bereaved families in America who had lost their young men. Singlehandedly, she became an ambassador of good will.

This story is not only worth telling; it’s worth watching. Throughout the movie, there are extremely strong statements of Christian faith, overt references to Jesus, and powerful reminders that America was once a Christian nation. It is very hard to create a dramatic documentary, but the writers, producers and director have done just that. From the smallest detail of sound and music to the largest topics presented in the documentary, THE MOTHER OF NORMANY is excellent filmmaking and deserves commendation.

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(CCC, BBB, V) Very strong Christian, moral worldview; no foul language, some light movie violence to illustrate WW II and discussions of violence; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, nothing else objectionable.

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THE MOTHER OF NORMANDY is an entertaining, emotional, heart-rending television documentary about a person of faith and values who made a tremendous difference.

Simone Renaud was the wife of the mayor of St. Mer Eglise in Normandy, France, the town that is called Ground Zero for D-Day, the invasion of Europe to free the world from Hitler’s National Socialists. For anyone who remembers the movie THE LONGEST DAY, St. Mer Eglise was the place where the paratroopers were dropped by the British C-47s and gliders to get behind the German lines to prepare Normandy for the invasion by the American, British and Canadian landing crafts.

Simone was not only fed up with the Nazis, because they were stealing everything they could from the French besides abusing their women and children; but, she was also deeply concerned with the future of her three young boys. Therefore, she welcomed the Americans and tried everything she could to help them during the fierce firefights as the Nazis were shooting and killing the paratroopers.

After the battle, she tended to the graves of the Americans and wrote thousands of letters to the bereaved families in America who had lost their young men in this battle. Singlehandedly, she became an ambassador of good will. She recognized that the Americans had nothing to gain and everything to lose by helping the French. And, her efforts slowly developed into a strong bond between the town of St. Mer Eglise and the United States.

This story is not only worth telling; it is worth watching. Throughout the movie, there are extremely strong statements of Christian faith, overt references to Jesus, and powerful reminders that America was once a Christian nation. It is very hard to create a dramatic documentary, but the writers, producers and director have done just that. It is fascinating to watch because it is so well produced. From the smallest detail of sound and music to the largest topics presented in the documentary, THE MOTHER OF NORMANY Is excellent filmmaking and deserves commendation.

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