'Come What May' has the solid narrative pleasures of an old-fashioned war epic

There’s nothing excessively imaginative or distinguished about the film, which stars August Diehl and Joshio Marlon as a German resistance fighter and his young son in France during World War II.

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Joshio Marlon (Max) and Alice Isaaz (Suzanne) in 'Come What May' directed by Christian Carion

Writer-director Christian Carion’s “Come What May” is a straightforward war movie about the exodus of 8 million French citizens who fled the Nazi invasion in May 1940. There’s nothing excessively imaginative or distinguished about the film, but it has some of the solid narrative pleasures of a good, old-fashioned Hollywood war epic.

Focusing on a German resistance fighter (August Diehl) and his young son (Joshio Marlon), Carion follows their journey, mostly undertaken forcibly apart, as squadrons of panzers periodically rain death upon the scrambling exiles. The great Ennio Morricone, still going strong at 87, wrote the marvelous film score. Grade: B (Rated R for some war violence/bloody images.)

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