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The scene that always twists my stomach


Is when the one soldier and the young German soldier stand staring at each other, too afraid to do anything, and the other guy comes over and takes the gun from the German kid's hands, ignores the boy's cries that he's not going to do anything, and stabs him in the gut. He's so young and looked so shocked and scared. That part always hits me so hard. And when Manech is covered with his friend's remains and begins to scream and tear at his clothing.

Yours?

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Both scenes were pretty powerful. But for me it was Manech being covered with splattered body parts.

Focker, out.

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But for me it was Manech being covered with splattered body parts.

That scene is "more splatter", but the other one is more scary and moving, you can feel their anxious waiting for something (death?) to happen and their inability to decide to kill the other one, then the cruelty of the war which kills the German boy.

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War is hell.

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True. I consider myself fortunate that I've never been in a war.

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That scene where they bayonet the young German soldier is pretty gruesome, yes.

The scene that really gets to me is when they are all self-mutilating to get out of the war. And when the French captain kicking the dead gets drowned in the mud.

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As the movie is a war/love mix, I prefer to tell when romance torn my stomach (even I'm a war movie fan). My favorite scene is when Matilde reads the final telegram sent by private detective who learns her that Maneck is alive for good. She starts crying slowly because she is reaching her quest. Audrey Tautou is amazing when performing that scene. Without a doubt my favorite actress !

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Several scenes in this film hit me very hard. One that hasn't been mentioned was when the welder stood up on the battle field and said that he had one final request before he died--that he wanted to piss standing up--and then they could shoot him as much as they wanted. I cried very hard. The way he sings goodbye to the world; it just really brings out how inhumane and barbaric and murderous war really is.

I'm so glad that there is less war today than there was then, but there is still a hell of a lot. I feel I have to make a serious effort to get rid of it. I can't let what is wrong with others be wrong with myself. I can't be satisfied with a gradual decrease in something so terrible as war. It's like what William Lloyd Garrison said about slavery:

"I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population. In Park-Street Church, on the Fourth of July, 1829, I unreflectingly assented to the popular but pernicious doctrine of gradual abolition. I seize this moment to make a full and unequivocal recantation, and thus publicly to ask pardon of my God, of my country, and of my brethren the poor slaves, for having uttered a sentiment so full of timidity, injustice, and absurdity.... I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; -- but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead."

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It reminded me of the scene in Saving Private Ryan when Mellish and the German he's trying to kill are both out of ammo and they're fighting over the knife that Mellish has produced. The more muscular German turns the knife on him and he pleads for his life up to the point where the German slowly sinks the knife into his heart. Very powerful and haunting. To this day that scene gives me chills.

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uh, you reminded me of that scene





so many movies, so little time

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Wow this movie just suddenly popped into my head... And the scene that always hits me first is when she finds that watch he left her, telling her NOT to do all the things she did, and ruin her life, as she did. Such a tragic waste of life. Vengeance is almost exclusively pointless, indeed....

I don't even remember the scenes you guys are describing. Ill have to watch this one again sometime.

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