Women at War Review 2023 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
As soldiers march in formation down a road, Marguerite de Lancastel (Audrey Fleurot) is driving from Paris to Saint-Paulin, and her papers show that she’s a sex worker, allowed to ply her trade in town. A truck passes through, driven by Jeanne Charrier (Romane Portail) and Louis Compoing (Noam Morgensztern), a police detective, examines what’s in the back; he’s looking for a murderer. He discovers Suzanne Faure (Camille Lou), the woman he’s looking for, hiding under the floor of the truck bed, but Jeanne, an experienced smuggler, takes off before he can do anything.
In the meantime, Mother Superior Agnès (Julie De Bona) is dealing with the French military setting up a hospital at her Saint-Paulin convent. She encourages a little girl, Lisette (Léwine Weber) to leave her mother’s farm, which is on the front lines, and stay at the convent, but Lisette refuses.
Another woman in crisis is Caroline Dewitt (Sofia Essaïdi), put in charge of the Dewitt family’s truck factory when her husband Charles (Grégoire Colin) joins the army as an engineer. It leaves her alone, living with her distraught daughter Madeline (Stacy Grewis Belotti) and openly hostile mother-in-law Éléonore (Sandrine Bonnaire). The situation in the factory becomes dire when all the workers are picked up by the army for desertion.
As Marguerite moves into the brothel and services customers, most of whom are soldiers, she tries to find out where the soldiers’ camp is. She manages to get the information from one soldier she gives a hand job to in the brothel’s saloon.
Compoing catches up to Jeanne and Suzanne, and Jean gets shot in the process; Suzanne manages to get the wounded Jean to Lisette’s mother’s farm. Suzanne, a nurse, finds out about the hospital at the convent, and runs to get medical supplies, carrying Jeanne’s papers in case she’s stopped. While she’s gone, German soldiers battle French soldiers on the farm’s grounds. Jeanne returns to the farm to see bodies everywhere; Agnès, checking up on Lisette, finds Suzanne, who tells the nun that her name is Jeanne Charrier.
Cécile Lorne, the creator of Women At War, accomplishes what she needed to do in the first episode, which is introduce audiences to the four women at the core of the series’ drama, and then uses the second half of the episode to start intertwining the women’s lives.
One of the things that Lorne doesn’t hesitate showing is the horrors of war. There’s more than enough blood, or holes blown through people’s heads, to show that, even 109 years ago, the people on the front lines see things that scar them for life. Of course, she also shows German soldiers killing defenseless women and children; it’s not a surprise that a French production might go in that direction, but it seemed unnecessarily harsh, especially for the first episode. Then again, that is also part of the horrors of war.
So far, the show is pretty straightforward and serious, but as the women become more intertwined, we may see things get a little more soapy. We’re not sure, for instance, how Margeurite and Caroline know each other; it’s alluded to in the first episode but not explained. And how long will Suzanne be able to hide from Compoing? The way these questions are answered will determine if the drama in Women At War takes itself seriously or not.