Though Lithuanian-born helmer Abram Room is chiefly remembered for his silent film “Bed and Sofa,” he enjoyed a long career in the talkie era. “Invasion,” based on a war play, re-creates the psychological tension of those who lived under the German occupation and saw their lives turned upside down.
A doctor finds his house confiscated by a strange character working for the Germans, while his daughter secretly fights with the Resistance. The most interesting thing is pic’s portrait of the angry son, who returns from prison half-crazy to become a hero in spite of himself. It raises the interesting question of how he became an enemy of the people in the first place (political crimes, perhaps?). Studio sets are mixed with realistic bombed-out buildings, and pic veers between realism and staginess. It was beloved by Soviet audiences of the time. The version shown in Locarno dates from 1968.