A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights what life was like during the early years of World War I in France from the point of view of women who were doing their part to keep life going at home while supporting the soldiers. Themes also revolve around parenthood, family relationships, deceit, and loss, as well as war-related issues and events.
Positive Role Models
The women aren't perfect and keep their own secrets. But each commits herself to helping the war effort in her own way.
It features a predominantly White cast; one background character is Black. LGBTQ+ characters are present, but do not live openly, which is typical of the time.
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Violence & Scariness
Brutal war violence ranging from soldiers being shot in battle to women and children being gunned down. Bloody gunshots, amputated limbs, and other wounds are visible, as are surgical procedures. Women are shown being grabbed and slapped by men. Sexual abuse, abortion, and suicide are also themes. Some sex workers are infected with STDs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Crude references are sometimes used. A primary cast member is a legal sex worker, as are many secondary characters. Simulated sex acts are performed and male and female nudity is visible in some episodes. Illicit sexual encounters and romantic relationships are also themes.
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The word "f--k" is often used (in English and in French).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drunken behavior is visible. Cigarette smoking is constant, which is consistent with the time. Drug use (cocaine) is shown and drug smuggling is a secondary theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Women at War is a French miniseries (available subtitled and dubbed in English) that features strong women supporting the war effort at the beginning of World War I. It features lots of violence, including women being slapped, and people being shot, blown up, and gassed, and gruesome bloody wounds are visible. Sexual assault, sex work, pregnancy, STDs, and abortion are also themes. Some episodes contain full male and female nudity and simulated sex acts. There's also cursing, drinking, cigarette smoking, and visible cocaine use. All this being said, it also highlights the different roles women played in France to support the effort during this time.
Is It Any Good?
The entertaining, yet violent wartime miniseries (available subtitled and dubbed in English) is a WWI tale told through the eyes of four women who find themselves supporting the war effort. Marguerite, Suzanne, Caroline, and the Mother Superior represent the different roles that women historically played during the first world war while the men were away. Granted, each of their stories offers a fair amount of melodrama, which includes illicit romances, betrayals, and espionage. But while not perfect, these women are strong, and push against the patriarchal systems that persist despite the crisis in which they find themselves.
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