A nous la liberte is the 1931 French comedy directed by Rene Clair. Louis and Emile are prisoners who attempt to escape. Louis is successful, but Emile is not. He becomes a wealthy businessman and is married to a woman named Maud, but he is unhappy. Emile is released from prison and gets a job at Louis’ factory. Overjoyed at seeing his old friend, Louis introduces him to his guests, who don’t like the “rough” man. Louis has a new plan to improve the plant, but several criminals threaten to reveal his past if he doesn’t pay them. Can Emile and Louis escape their predicament?
This movie is free spirited and light. The director seems to be saying that humans can’t handle repetitive work. They really need freedom to do what they want. While it has good intentions, the lesson is a little naïve, since we need some order so that the world can run smoothly. The best part of the movie is Emile and Louis’ friendship it seems that not even a sudden change in fortune will make Louis abandon is friend. In fact, even when he’s rich, he’s still the same old Louis. The climax is memorable and funny as the men try to grab the money as the wind blows it away. It may be naïve, but it’s still a charming movie. Honolulu film fans should watch this movie.
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