King of Hearts

Dir: Philippe de Broca
Cast: Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold, Adolfo Celi
105mins   2018   France, Italy   12A   French, English, German    Subtitled   

50th Anniversary 4K restoration of the anti-war cult classic that defined a generation.

During World War I, Scottish soldier Private Plumpick is sent on a mission to a village in the French countryside to disarm a bomb set by the retreating German army. Plumpick encounters a strange town occupied by the former residents of the local psychiatric hospital who escaped after the villagers deserted. Assuming roles like Bishop, Duke, barber, and circus ringmaster, they warmly accept the visitor as their ‘King of Hearts’. With his reconnaissance and bomb-defusing mission looming, Plumpick starts to prefer the acceptance of the insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside.

'A surrealistic jewel of a comedy which you realize, when you can catch your breath between laughs, has made the case for the sanity of the lunatics and the madness of the war-waging sane' - Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times