Originally published on Moviepilot.com
The holidays are here, the spirit of love is in the air and movie lovers love a great love story. In darkened theaters around the world we gladly wipe the tears that fall from our eyes after watching a moving movie on the big screen. If you're hoping to find a film to watch this season that takes you on just such an emotional journey, look no further. Allied has arrived.
In the tradition of Titanic, Allied is an emotional love story with a message.
In 1942 at the height of the second World War, two young spies met, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), but their love for one another is put to the test when Marianne is suspected of being a German spy.
A Loud and Lovely Night In Morocco
Allied is a story reminding us that love must prevail, always.
Marianne met Max in Casablanca, French Morocco as part of a joint mission to assassinate a Nazi ambassador. In order to fit in with the crowd of German upper class, Marianne adopted the identity of a wealthy French woman. Max was the Parisian savant of elegant suits and sexy perfume.
After establishing intimacy and an invite to a Nazi party, both decided that if they were to die during the gunfight, they must at least make the remaining time alive a fun and romantic one. While they lived to tell the tale, actually fall in love, and eventually marry, at one point Marianne admits to Max that embodying a lie was what makes her great at her job and those words would haunt Max after he hears the heartbreaking news that she could be a German spy.
The German Spy And The Love That Came Before
Before that came to to fruition, both Max and Marianne lived a very happy life, at least for a few years. In Max and Marianne we saw the typical love that all young couples wish to achieve. In mornings of mushroom-picking they would switch from the "picking" to the kissing and then to the other word ending with “-ing.”
It was a beautiful love that was perfectly translated on screen by both Pitt and Cotillard. In one of her best performances yet, Cotillard displayed emotion and passion that jumped off the screen.
In the film, when Max and Marianne have a baby, the two seem to fall even deeper in love, but this is a sad story and the audience isn't lulled into happiness with the couple for long.
Once Marianne is accused of being a German spy, Max struggles to find proof of her innocence. He risks his life to clear her name, only to find out that she indeed was spying for the Nazis. Through the entire movie we are led to believe the contrary, but when Marianne finally confesses to Max, we are left with the unpleasant feeling that this is not going to end well.
But love conquers all. Ignoring the fact that if he protects his wife, he would be hanged and if he didn’t assassinate her himself there would be consequences, Max took the initiative to put his family first, even if it guaranteed his death.
The Power Of Understanding
Marianne was going to be killed because she was a German spy. However, she was forced against her will to do something she didn’t want to do. In contrast to today, people that are considered different are quickly prejudged and put under a certain belief that denies them their peace of mind and social liberty.
Like Marianne, these people are stigmatized and put under an umbrella that instantaneously turns them into an enemy. Facing these differences, Max believed in his wife as well as the power of love and protected her till the very end. This same love prompted Marianne to give her own life for the future of her child.
Allied is not a story with a happy ending, but at the same time it is a story that reminds us of the power of love and why we must embrace our differences always, even more in times of adversity. You might leave the theater with tears in your eyes, but deep down you'll know once again why we do what we do for love -- and you'll love it.