Jeanne and Marie-Angèle grow up, side by side yet apart, in the Catholic village of Ste Madeleine. Marie-Angèle is the daughter of the grocer, inflated with ideas of her rightful place in society; Jeanne’s mother washes clothes for a living and used to be a Jew. When war arrives, the village must play its part in a game for which no one knows the rules – not the dubious hero who embroils Marie-Angele in the black market, nor the artist living alone with his red canvases. In these uncertain times, the enemy may be hiding in your garden shed and the truth can be buried under a pyramid of recriminations.
A mesmerising exploration of guilt, faith, desire and judgement, Ignorance brings to life a people at war.
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A keen combined insight into the mechanisms of history and mechanisms of growing adult artistically presented in the context of the Nazi-occupied France during World War 2.