RECORDED DELIVERY: Lucie Aubrach

Lucie Aubrach (12) Fox, rental, 3 Aug

Claude Berri's Second World War picture opens with an impressive bang as Raymond Aubrach (Daniel Auteuil) and his French Resistance cohorts explode a Nazi munitions train. We later see Aubrach arrested by the Gestapo, after which the story switches to his wife, Lucie (Carole Bouquet), as she attempts to spring him out of prison. Berri's rendering of this true story is sporadically affecting, though it concentrates too much on the love story and offers little insight into life during the Nazi occupation. There are some moving moments from Bouquet and Auteuil, and Berri's palette of greys and browns (contrasted by Lucie's scarlet lipstick as she tries to win over a German officer) effectively add to the sense of oppression. But there is a disappointing element of caricature, seen in endless heated Resistance meetings and in Heino Ferch's dominating Gestapo officer as he grasps the thigh of his suspendered secretary after thrashing Raymond in his oak-panelled office. A rude reminder of 'Allo 'Allo's Herr Flick and his saucy Rhinemaiden, Helga. HHH

Paradise Road (15) Fox Pathe, 3 Aug

There is resistance of a different kind in Bruce Beresford's PoW drama, which echoes the snobbish sentimentality of Tenko. It follows a group of women who are captured after the ship ferrying them from occupied Singapore is sunk. After a few months of bitching in the showers and reminiscing over their public-school days, they fight back with a harmonised rendition of the Largo from Dvorak's New World symphony which brings tears to the eyes of their captors. The cast, including Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Ehle, almost lend the cliched script credibility (though after two years of starvation, they all remain suspiciously plump). But the scenes of Japanese brutality alternating with chocolate-box music rehearsals become repetitive and it is difficult to decide which is more painful. H

Fire Down Below (18) Warner, rental, 7 Aug

Combining the hushed tones of Clint Eastwood with the ego of Michael Flatley, Steven Seagal plays an agent sent to investigate the killing of a colleague in a backward Southern town. Unintentional silliness makes Felix Enrique Alcala's moralising picture diverting for all the wrong reasons. H

HHHH excellent HHH good HH average H poor

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Experienced Bookkeeper - German Speaking - Part Time

    £23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This firm of accountants based ...

    Recruitment Genius: Operations Manager

    £30000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a financial services c...

    Ashdown Group: Field Service Engineer

    £30000 - £32000 per annum + car allowance and on call: Ashdown Group: A succes...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales & Marketing Co-Ordinator

    £15000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Well established small company ...

    Day In a Page

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

    Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
    Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

    Aviation history is littered with grand failures

    But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

    Fortress Europe?

    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
    Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

    Never mind what you're wearing

    It's what you're reclining on that matters
    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence