THE MOTHER OF NORMANDY is an entertaining, heart-rending television documentary about a person of faith and values who made a tremendous difference. It tells the story of Simone Renaud, the wife of the mayor of the town in Normandy where American soldiers parachuted behind German lines on D-Day during World War II. Simone tried everything she could to help them during the fierce firefights as the Nazis were shooting and killing the paratroopers. After the battle, she tended to the graves of the Americans and wrote thousands of letters to the bereaved families in America who had lost their young men. Singlehandedly, she became an ambassador of good will.
This story is not only worth telling; it’s worth watching. Throughout the movie, there are extremely strong statements of Christian faith, overt references to Jesus, and powerful reminders that America was once a Christian nation. It is very hard to create a dramatic documentary, but the writers, producers and director have done just that. From the smallest detail of sound and music to the largest topics presented in the documentary, THE MOTHER OF NORMANY is excellent filmmaking and deserves commendation.