Follow TV Tropes


Film / Suite Franšaise

Go To

Suite Française is a 2015 film directed by Saul Dibb. It is the film adaptation of the 1942 Irène Némirovsky novel of the same name and stars Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Sam Riley, Lambert Wilson, Ruth Wilson and Alexandra Maria Lara.

The story concerns a romance developing between a French woman and a German soldier during the early years of the German occupation of France.


The film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Cunning Linguist: The (French) Vicomte de Montfort speaks German fluently.
  • Love Across Battlelines: Lucile (a French woman living under German occupation) and Bruno von Falk (a German occupier) fall in love.
  • Propaganda Machine:
    • When Lucile reaches a town after the Stukas attack on the road, an unarmed German plane drops propaganda leaflets that read "Abandoned populations, trust the German soldier". Lucile quickly crumples the one she grabbed.
    • Lucile sees an antisemitic poster (in French) on a wall in the town later on.
  • Shell-Shock Silence: The sound is blurred after the bomb attack by the Stukas on the fleeing French civilians.
  • Stuka Scream: Heard when actual Stuka dive bombers dive to drop bombs on and shoot at fleeing French civilians.
  • War Is Hell: Even unarmed fleeing civilians are not spared, when Stukas bomb them and shoot at them.