Film Review: ‘See You Up There’ (Au revoir là-haut)

“See You Up There” defies easy categorization.

Imagine “War Horse” as directed by Tim Burton, or “Born on the Fourth of July” starring a serio-comic Robin Williams.

It is 1919, in the immediate aftermath of World War I, and the French are quick to honor their fallen soldiers, erecting monuments in their honor, yet scandalously unwilling to support the veterans who returned home from the front in this genre-defying tightrope act of a movie, which tied festival favorite “Bpm” for 13 César nominations in France’s equivalent of the Oscars last year.Crime novelist Pierre Lemaitre was hardly the most obvious candidate to write one of the most celebrated World War I stories in recent French literature, any more than comedy actor-director Albert Dupontel (“Bernie”) was the person anyone might expect to adapt it to the big screen.

And yet, Lemaitre’s efforts earned him the Goncourt Prize, while Dupontel’s big-screen

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