Calm at Sea war movie
Calm at Sea war movie

Calm at Sea (2012, France)

Original / alternative title: La mer a l’aube

Categories: POW camp moviesresistance movies

Running time: 90 minutes

Language: French / German

French resistance kills a German officer. As an act of retaliation the Germans decide to kill 150 Frenchmen, the prisoners in the camp in Chateaubriant, but they pass the decision who will be shot down on the French gandarmes that guard the camp.

The film is a story of young man Guy Moquet, who at the age of 17 was arrested by Germans for distributing the communist fliers. He is one of the people who are about to be killed, so he writes his last letter to his parents. Later this letter was saved by a German officer, who was touched by its content.

Film showing the brutal reality of Nazi occupation of France - on one hand we see the ruthlessness of Germans and on the other only illusional power that French resistance actually had. Not a great war movie, but very important to understand how hard it was for the occupied Frenchmen to keep fighting the agressors.

Our rating


Film value

4 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy

4 / 5

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Creators of Calm at Sea

Volker Schloendorff movies

Volker Schloendorff movies

Cast of Calm at Sea

Leo-Paul Salmain movies leo-paul-salmain

Leo-Paul Salmain

as Guy Moquet

Marc Barbe movies marc-barbe

Marc Barbe

as Jean-Pierre Timbaud

Ulrich Matthes movies ulrich-matthes

Ulrich Matthes

as Ernst Jünger

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Events depicted in Calm at Sea

World War II (1936-1945)

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