Popularly known as Les Combattantes, the French-Belgian dramatized historical drama takes place in a small French town at the outbreak of World War I. At first, there was optimism that the fight would be short, but unfortunately, this did not happen. In addition, the French army fought the enemy near Saint Paulin, Vosges, to prevent the German army from trying to invade Paris.
Season 1 Review
Things start to get real after the family’s livelihood goes to war. After that, it is up to women to manage both their personal and professional lives.
Women in War provides an insight into the hardships and lives of those who are left behind as family members take part in this devastating war. It highlights the contributions made by women in various professions during the war and most of them are ignored in this context.
We follow the tale of a nun experiencing a crisis in her belief system as problems arise throughout the congregation; a nurse’s aide on the run from the police; a prostitute looking for someone she lost years ago; and the woman who takes over his manufacturing plant when his partner is forced to go to war.
Created by Camille Treiner and Cecile Lorne, the series offers a compelling portrayal of the four women who play the main characters and the people around them. It’s hard not to get involved in the storyline and the future of women. In addition, the storyline changes dramatically over the course of eight episodes, as many secrets are revealed, forcing the main characters to face the truths they’ve been trying to avoid.
Moreover, surprising alliances are formed and new enemies are created in their wake. Despite this, women show extraordinary courage and resilience and find solutions to difficulties that seem impossible to overcome at first glance. As the opponent advances more on them, everyone contributes in a bigger way and the clock ticks down.
The show’s approach is quite interesting as it takes an interesting route to explore. War and soldiers have been the focus of many TV shows and movies, but instead it’s interesting to see things from the perspective of the wives left behind. The setting of the show is breathtaking and has a warlike feel that is just a visual treat.
Unfortunately, the show misses the mark by becoming a bit too melodramatic and soap opera-like as it goes on, and stops being as realistic as it was in the first few episodes.
For example, there is a scene where Sister Geneviève is about to commit suicide, but Mother Agnes senses something is wrong and rushes to the church. Another example is when we see Suzanne operating on Joseph while he is fully conscious and even more implausibly guiding him through the entire procedure. Considering that the show started with very real and logical problems, the combination of these weird daily soap components is quite disappointing.
The four main characters are brilliant in their roles and their personalities really stand out and draw you in. Being able to empathize with the main characters is made all the more fascinating by the fact that they are complex gray characters. Along with the main characters, the side characters also fit their roles perfectly and do a great job in their roles. Additionally, the antagonists have a redeeming quality that makes them seem more sympathetic and realistic.
Overall, the approach chosen by Women in War is good, but the execution would have been better if they had cut the melodramatic scenes and kept the level of realism of the show’s first three episodes. Despite a few hiccups, it’s still worth checking out.