FIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE
Director(s): Juliette CAHEN – Writer(s): Philippe BERNARD, Juliette CAHEN Contact Print page
How did these conscripts feel about their experience with the Armed Forces and a service that was both highly symbolic and also very concrete? By association, how did their wives, girl friends and mothers cope? Over the years, though, this deep-rooted “ritual” had gradually lost its meaning and had finally been scrapped at the end of last century.
This film is a trip down memory lane for a number of former conscripts who recall their soldiering days, bringing back stories of this particular moment in time (a year of their lives, their youth, the “twenty-somethings”) and a particular place ( the barracks). While they remember, long-forgotten anecdotes resurface and other things, that they’d rather not talk about…
Through these personal stories and many archival images, the film explores a certain military “culture” with its customs, objects and songs that represent a collective memory for the conscripts and which embody today the by-gone days of military service. The individual memories of this “rite of passage” towards adulthood paint a colourful picture of what it was like to be young during the last four decades of “the service”.
AVAILABLE FOR SCREENING: French version only.