in about 100 words or less
France 93m, B&W
Director: Luc Besson; Cast: Pierre Jolivet, Jean Bouise, Fritz Wepper, Jean Reno, Maurice Lamy
The Last Battle is an unusual post-apocalyptic film in which people have lost the ability to speak. As a consequence, there are only two words of dialogue in the entire film. The film’s main character builds an ultra-light airplane to explore a mostly barren world which leads him to chance encounters with a doctor, a brute, and a woman. Lacking much in the way of a plot, this is a film built on style and art production and cinematography, and as such, provides a glimpse of Besson’s early development as a filmmaker (Klaus Ming May 2016).