Weinsteins Dump “Suite Francaise” On Lifetime

While they’re famous for loudly tub-thumping the ones that work and interfering in ones that don’t really need it, The Weinstein Company is also noted for dumping awards bait films that don’t measure up. That looks to be the case with the upcoming WWII drama “Suite Francaise”.

The story details the love affair between young French woman Lucille (Michelle Williams) and the German officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) assigned to watch her in Nazi-occupied France. Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, and Margot Robbie also star.

Shot three years ago, Saul Dibb (“The Duchess”) directs and Alexandre Desplat is doing the score for the film which is based on an acclaimed novel by Irene Nemirovsky. Shot in 2013 and released in a few overseas territories to so-so reviews, the film has been sitting on a shelf ever since.

Today comes word via The Playlist that the Weinsteins are dumping the film straight to cable with the movie slated to premiere on Lifetime on May 22nd – marking the first time the film has screened in the United States. It’s effectively a repeat of what happened to “Grace Of Monaco” a few years ago, though this one hasn’t been torn apart by critics as much.