——Allied, 2016 movie
WWII setting, covert operations
in German-occupied Casablanca
"Love and Hunger rule the world."
Consequently to dominate the world,
man had to win a victory over hunger,
after paying a very high price.
Scenery I. Casablanca
All are of one colour: yellow，
Parachuting into the Moroccan desert,
He swept dune seas, hypnotically,
Not a patch of shade, not a drop of water,
only an infinite sea of yellow sand.
Action I. Max & Marianne meet
Max Vatan (M) took a wedding ring,
Looking, Searching and Wandering:
1. Your wife dressed in purple;
2. A scarf stitched with a wild yellow bird
(Party Hall,Marianne Beauséjour swirled around)
Slowly, she turned back to him,
Loudly, she shouted out in French,
C’est mon meilleur et le plus beau mari.
Sunrise at Casablanca desert
And the entire desert is theirs.
As all the skies are the stars and the sun’s kingdom.
There are no doors; hearts are open,”
——Southern Moroccan Secrets.”
Marianne lifted up her lips and asked Max:
“Le Québécois? What are our odds?
Of surviving? 60-40, against. Both of us, I don’t know.”
So, tell me about Medicine Hat, Marianne kept asking
Max Vatan: Pretty green. Rolling hills.
Clear water. Just a place I go when things get dark.
You? Do you have a place?
Marianne Beauséjour: When the war is over
it won’t matter where I am.
Action II. Assassin
Fear not the weapon but the hand that wields it,
Beware the feelings of two agents allied,
they strike in the darkness
Fear not the weapon but the hand that wields it
Beware the shadows if you value your life
they strike in the darkness
20:31, 20:32… Counting down,
Trois, Deux, Un… 20:35
Allied couple, a possible mission
Boom! Bang! Explosions screamed
into glass, into fire and smoke.
Is it our only chance of escape?
Before the Mission, Assassin comes
Nothing to live for, nowhere is safe,
Stick to the light if you wish to escape.
Along the corridor in the V section
“they never say what they mean
and they never mean what they say,
and they never say anything on the phone”
Action III: 72hours Blue-dye” procedure
1st 24 Hours:
Who really is Marianne?
That was a repeated question from Max
As no iron curtains made of steel
conniving happy family with things to steal
A pair of birds perched on a live wire
Only to set up a mission to conspire
2nd 24 Hours
Is this a game or a test?
Max thought he has understood it clearly
That love for a spy is only a game to play.
Have you heard his soundless scream
When the war was there, a game to share
With V-Section, life or death.
A test. A game.
The last hours: Ending letters
Je t'aime, Québécois, Marian said her last words to Max.
She shot herself.
blood and red coat, soaked into the rain
Her voice swings to Medicine Hat
Where Pretty green. Rolling hills
Clear water…When the war is over,
it won’t matter where I am ..
A young girl, Anna read this letter with her father,
at Medicine Hat.
Quite reflective movie that I watched it 3 times. The story picks up a year later with Max and Marianne married and living in London with their infant daughter in as much bliss as one could possibly hope for during wartime.