King of Hearts
Directed by Philippe de Broca
HOME, 24 June 2018
The Great War and a French city under siege.
The Germans leave, the British forces are yet to arrive, so we have an interregnum period where the lunatics are let out of the asylum and the King of Hearts, Alan Bates’ bookish pigeon fancier, reigns. All is carnival: joy and pleasure and good manners, parties and games and salons.
It is a film with a feather-light touch; not a blunt anti-war message in sight. But the question is clear: who are the real lunatics?
In the final scene the nobles (lunatics) look down upon the world from their tower. Who would want to go out and actually live there? Best let their servants do the living for them. Whether this is integrity or bad faith – well, we could discuss that at length.
An intriguing film, full of vivacity, but curiously naive.