Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Georges Lautner, a popular French director of comedies and romantic dramas, tries his hand at a war film in this routine tale set in a small French town during the German Occupation. A microcosm of the country as a whole, the town is divided between the resistance fighters and those who turn a blind eye to the occupying forces. The mayor (Bernard Blier) at first appears to be just a leisurely yet effective, middle-aged man who is willing to help people out when the need arises. But as circumstances take a more serious turn, the mayor shows that he is also capable of heroic action.
war, army, arrest, death, death-penalty, desertion, doctor/nurse, elopement, firing-squad, France, Germany, love, marriage, mayor, Nazism, occupation [military], officer, resistance, resistance-fighters, romance, soldier, struggle, takeover, woman