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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 against German occupiers and their French allies. Varying in their actual homelands, and in their personal and tragic reasons for joining the struggle, they are united by the understanding that the danger and ferocity of Nazi oppression will only increase unless squarely confronted. Their valiant plot to assassinate a general ultimately shows that resistance is indeed possible, but their activity attracts the attention of the German high command, which extracts from their act of defiance an unforgettable lesson for the French people. -- (C) Lorbermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Guediguian, Gilles Taurand, Serge Le Péron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2011
Box Office: $35.4k
Lorber Films - Official Site


Simon Abkarian
as Missak Manouchian
Virginie Ledoyen
as Mélinée Manouchian
Robinson Stévenin
as Marcel Rayman
Lola Naymark
as Monique Stern
Yann Trégouët
as Commissioner David
Jean-Pierre Darrouss...
as Inspector Pujol
Ariane Ascaride
as Madame Elek
Ivan Franek
as Feri Boczov
Adrien Jolivet
as Henri Krasucki
Horatiu Malaele
as Monsieur Dupont
Olga Legrand
as Olga Bancic
Esteban Carjaval Ale...
as Narek Tavkorian
Léopold Szabatura
as Simon Rayman
Paula Klein
as Madame Rayman
Boris Bergman
as Monsieur Rayman
Miguel Ferreira
as Celestino Alfonso
Pierre Niney
as Henri Keltekian
Jürgen Genuit
as Raffenbach
Rainer Sievert
as German Officer Corme...
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Critic Reviews for Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

A solid, spellbinding drama based closely on real history, which along the way offers a not-so-subtle commentary on the diverse, immigrant-rich society of contemporary France.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Top Critic

A passionate act of remembrance.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

This is a fact-based story of the French resistance who had to fight not only the Germans but their own people.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

There's no sense of the oppression France felt under Nazi rule. It's all just play-acting in period-specific attire. You can almost hear the AD calling lunch.

Full Review… | August 18, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Virginie Ledoyen stars as Missak's impossibly lovely, stalwart wife, and a troupe of supporting players give life to the men and women who died not for the miserable France of that moment, but for the vision of what it could be.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

His film is always fascinating and is a crucial, stirring addition to the cinema about wartime France.

Full Review… | October 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime)

"I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom." --Bob Dylan

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Leave it to the French to make a movie like this slow, and tedious. But, it is a good depiction of what it's like to live under Nazi occupation. Ordinary, non-violent citizens become a resistance group against evil. In this case, based on true events, people become incredibly courageous and commit acts of revenge against the Nazis. But are finally undone by the French collaborators, in the government and public. Beautifully filmed, and acted.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Long, flat telling of hardly an original tale of WWII French resistance. It tries to encompass so many characters that it fails to develop any of them beyond stock stereotypes.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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