This documentary follows the wartime story of a French soldier who participated in the liberation of France, and ended the war by taking Hitler’s alpine hideout.
The man, who’s about to celebrate his 92 years by skydiving, gives an afternoon of his retirement time to be questioned about his war history. And especially on what led him to fight.
Because it is indeed what is the most striking in his story: Maurice was completely driven by History.
Was he the only one at that time? Of course he wasn’t.
As to whether we if are all determined by History or not… Everyone has to make up their minds about it, and I hope this movie will help.
From this question comes the subtitle of the film, a nod to Arendt, since Evil or Good are almost always served by « banal » people which are entailed by circumstances.
But to speak only of the banality of the Evil can be a little depressing. So here it is: the banality of Good.
And here is Maurice Teboul, a hero of WW2, a not so banal character whose history will certainly captivate you and who, I hope, will help you in thinking about the place that History makes to us all… and the side where our own banality can flourish.
Good film !