Saving lives in silence.
Marcel Marceau (Jesse Eisenberg) will eventually go on to be a famous mime, but when we meet him he's clowning in cabarets in France during the start of the second world war. At the start of the film, a young girl named Elsbeth (Bella Ramsay) watches her family being murdered by Nazi's before she escapes. She comes into Marcel's life along with many other Jewish children that the French Resistance plans to sneak into neutral Switzerland. While Marcel isn't keen on taking part in this at first, his brother Alain (Félix Moati) and friend Emma (Clemence Posey) convince him.
I didn't know anything about Marceau before watching this film but you're not required to. This isn't so much a bio pic on him, but a story about the horrors of war and how he brought hope to these children during the worst time of their lives. I thought it balanced out well. They don't go over the top with the violence, although one scene is particularly terrifying with the implications, and you still feel very tense during the back half of the film when they group sets out for Switzerland.
Jesse Eisenberg is an actor that I enjoy, but I struggled with buying him as a French mime. I think in the quieter more dramatic scenes he's very good. Especially when playing off of Posey who gives the best performance in the film. But he occasionally struggles with the accent and his clowning scenes didn't feel very natural. It's not a bad performance, just a bit uneven.
I think I'm getting to the point where I don't need to see another WWII for a while, but this one, while I don't think you need to rush out to see is a decent enough watch for a evening.
Memorable Quote: "What can I do to make sure my daughter is interested in the arts?" - Barbie (Matthias Schweighöfer)