French comedy-drama film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates.
The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German Army retreats they booby trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb.
I saw this film at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1971. I had just returned from Vietnam.
Today a copy arrived via UPS. An incredible film about the absurdity of War.