On January 29th, I went to the Malco Grandview Cinema to see Le Voyage de Fanny or Fanny’s Journey. The fictional, yet autobiographical war film was based on the true story of a girl named Fanny (Léonie Souchaud) who came to be responsible for eight children during World War II. She must keep them safe while crossing occupied France into Switzerland after their initial caretaker, Maurice (Igor van Dessel), is captured. Fanny overcomes many obstacles from being captured by Nazis, caring for sick children, and even turning back and risking her own life to save another child who had fallen behind when they were on their last run to Switzerland.
Fanny’s incredible tale is best displayed through the children’s childlike responses to situations encountered in the film. The best example, in my opinion, is Rachel (Lou Lambrecht and Fanny’s reactions when they encounter a Nazi soldier at the beginning of the film. Their obvious fear, blanketed behind a face of bravery is captured extremely well. Each of the children’s abilities to display fear, bravery, and even excitement made the movie incredibly realistic. The story was done justice because of the children that were cast and their incredible acting abilities.
This film was absolutely terrific and incredibly satisfying. The end of the film reminds those watching that bravery and humanity are needed in the worst of circumstances. Without Jean (Stéphane De Groodt), for example, the children may not have made it to Switzerland. Every person experiencing the current political climate in our country, or any country, could benefit from this film, and perhaps humanity can be restored.