Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime) (2010)
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ARMY OF CRIME is a revealing thriller about the very first days of the French Resistance to Nazi occupation, a time when many of the movement's leaders and foot soldiers were often foreigners - Poles, Jews, Armenians, Spaniards, Italians - who feared French collaborators as much as the Germans. Armenian poet Missak Manouchian, portrayed in a stand-out performance by Simon Abkarian, and his French wife Mélinée, played by the luminous Virginie Ledoyen, lead a resolute assortment of volunteers
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His film is always fascinating and is a crucial, stirring addition to the cinema about wartime France.
... Guédiguian punctures a lot of myths about the face-and the motives-of the French resistance.
Robert Guediguian makes a fascinating Altmanesque character study of a mixed group of foreign resistance fighters (called the "FTP-MOI") working in Paris to undermine the Nazi-led removal of Jews during World War II.
Impressive recreation of World War II French Resistance movement, marked by a deep humanity and piercing intelligence.
By presenting his heroes warts and all and by consistently adopting a matter-of-fact tone, the film feels appropriately tense because the stakes are believable.
A revealing look at the French Resistance but one that is more intellectual than action-packed.
Complex and striking, Guédiguian's film is an impressive new spin on a topic that has been oft explored.
Guédiguian manages to make this a worthy companion piece to Melville's resistance classic Army in the Shadows; the same remorseless dread stalks both.
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