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Le Dernier Vol (The Last Flight) is a 2009 French love drama film.

The story takes place in 1930s Africa, in a desert part of French colonies, where French soldiers try to deal with the conflict with the native Tuareg people. Marie Vallières de Beaumont (Marion Cotillard), an adventurer and record-breaking aviatrix, lands in the middle of the small military base and asks its commander to help her find Bill Lancaster, her lover and flight partner, who had a catastrophe somewhere near. At the same time, Lieutenant Antoine Chauvet (Guillaume Canet) finds himself severely conflicted with the commander who blames his peaceful approach to the Tuareg for the misfortunes associated with the natives' rebellion. Even when she is refused the escort by the commander, De Beaumont is determined to find Bill no matter what, and Chauvet decides to join her despite his initial dislike of the pilot. Among the hardships, sharp worldview discussions and a lot of UST ensue between the two.


The film's African setting, panoramic landscapes and impressive music - along with its problematic love story - bring to mind Out of Africa (also, both films are adaptations of the novels, and both are criticized for introducing too much romantic elements to the original story). In reality, the woman who accompanied Lancaster in his famous flight from England to Australia was Jessie 'Chubbie' Miller. Apart from their shared passion for flying, they had indeed a love affair, but its true ending was somewhat less romantic.


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