The Joregiberry, a warship, is making its final voyage to the North Atlantic under the command of its captain, a sick man who knows he is doomed to cancer. On board, Dr. Pierre helps him as best he can. Sometimes the commander invites him to dinner in his cabin. It is there that he evokes the image of Wilsdorf, a former comrade-in-arms in Indochina and Algeria. The commander knows that Wilsdorf, who became a fisherman, sails near Newfoundland aboard a trawler. He hopes to see him for the last time before his death. A beautiful nostalgic film, sometimes bitter, like the character of Jacques Dufil, about the unbreakable bonds of friendship associated with war.
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There is little laughter or meanness in this atypical and wonderful picture. The sequence of scenes is as strong and often tragic as it is beautiful. Images of magical times and the world, portraits of people of honor, those who live from the old continent, those who survived the end of the empire, despite themselves, after forming France and Europe. This is just my idea of this sea world, completely foreign to me, the man of the land that I am, the man …
Before becoming a military cameraman, P. Schondoerfer was a sailor, and “Drum Crab” – one of the most beautiful films made about the sea and the lives of sailors. Swimming on the high seas is a natural metaphor for very proper isolation. heartbeat of the French army after the coup of generals. The director finds them very touching, never giving motives …
Made a serious look. But at the moment it’s almost ridiculous. With the exception of Jacques Perrin, who shows the same silly smile for 2 hours, all the actors pull out the faces of the excavators with such persistence that they eventually become artificial. Serious dialogues and stern faces, why not. But first we must revive history. And that, Le Crabe Tambour is unable.
“Drum Crab” causes long yawns. The script reconstructs sections of the memoirs of French soldiers (three of whom accompany the squadron) around a character they all knew and admired for his charisma. It may be beautiful, but the lack of purpose in this search for memories makes the film soporific, and it’s hard to be completely interested in it. Some beautiful pictures …
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