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At the close of World War I, a young French soldier, tormented with guilt, travels to Germany to visit the family of the boy he killed in combat. I’m all for remaking bad movies so long as the do-over team apply the right amount of creative glazing and spot putty to Bondo over the flaws of the original. But there was no pressing call for a remake of Ernst Lubitsch’s mournful and unjustly pushed aside anti-war drama Broken Lullaby aka The Man I Killed. Still, even if he can't improve on Lubitsch, director Francois Ozon remains faithful to the director’s vision — at least for the first half. Then things take an uncalled-for turn in the direction of a whodunit that left me looking at my watch more than the screen. The perhaps too-beautifully manicured black-and-white ‘Scope cinematography and Paula Beer’s bravura turn as the German girl who got left behind make it worth your while. 2016.

Scott Marks

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