by Bertrand Tavernier
Paris, March 3, 1942. Continental, a German film company managed by Dr. Greven, has been producing French films since 1940. It presents a dilemma for French employees. Is it possible to work there "between the wolf’s jaws, there where it can’t bite you" as if nothing has happened, or is it better to refuse to collaborate and leave? Jean Devaivre, assistant director, makes a point of getting a job at Continental with the ulterior motive of masking his Resistance activities. He’s a man of action, reckless, impulsive and daring. Jean Aurenche, a screenwriter and poet, strives with all his might to avoid working for the Germans. Self-contained, insatiable, curious and torn between three mistresses, he’s a man who takes action with his pen, with his words.