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Les Patriotes (The Patriots) (1994)

Les Patriotes (The Patriots) (1994)

Les Patriotes (The Patriots)





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Espionage, personal integrity, and political commitment are the main themes running through this French thriller that chronicles a young man's journey from idealism to disillusionment and maturity. The story is set in the 1980's in Tel Aviv and follows the exploits and moral conflicts of Attal, a Jew who left his family in France on his eighteenth birthday to pursue a career as an agent in Israels' Institute for Intelligence, the Mossad. At first, his missions do not bother his conscience; he performs them for the good of Israel. But, as time passes, Attal must face more moral dilemmas as the work becomes more subversive and dishonest. He must ultimately decide whether to follow the his personal ideals, or be part of a system which promote immoral acts in the name of idealism. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: May 23, 2006


Dan Toren
as Ran Ostrovitch
Sandrine Kiberlain
as Marie Claude
Richard Masur
as Jeremy Pelman
Nancy Allen
as Catherine Pelman
Bernard Le Coq
as Bill Haydon
Sasson Gabay
as Cop 1 Israel
Albert Illouz
as Cop 2 Israel
Ezra Kafri
as 3rd instructor
Rami Danon
as Pinkhas
Jack Widerker
as American hotel Tel A...
Gedalia Besser
as Mossad chief
Jay Benedict
as Colleague NSA
Bertie Cortez
as Washington Restauran...
Ronald Guttman
as Employee NSA
Eva Darlan
as Mme Prieur
Jesse Joe Walsh
as Guard NSA
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A Awesome Frech Film about the Israel Mossad and their tavtics, supposed to be based on true facts. Mostly the film follows the life of one agent from his start to his finish, story reminded me of the 1970;s film Serpico, same story line, good agent working with corruption and bad agents. 4 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce

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In "The Patriots," Ariel Brenner(Yvan Attal), after he has been kicked out of college, travels to his spiritual homeland of Israel and joins up with Mossad. While on a training mission, he is recruited by Unit 238, the nuclear intelligence department.(A totally apt name if you think of it.) He is put in charge of a mission in his native city of Paris to determine if Remy Prieur(Jean-Francois Stevenin), a nuclear scientist, is working on a peaceful or military project for an enemy of Israel. To that end, Ariel employs Marie-Claude(Sandrine Kiberlain), a high class prostitute, to help in blackmailing him.

"The Patriots" is a smart and cynical movie that takes the nuts and bolts approach to espionage with two distinct storylines that sort of come together at the end.(The second stars Richard Masur, Nancy Allen and Allen Garfield.) The movie to its credit contrasts the idealism of those wanting to work for a cause and the dirty work that happens behind closed doors which involves more waiting and photocopying than anything else.(Although, it can be sexy work at times.) A compatriot of Ariel's brings up the trait that makes him so perfect for his job, a word I hesitate to use here, but sounds totally appropriate in this sort of business. In this case, it is for Israel which generates very strong opinions on both sides which is illustrated by footage of Menachem Begin announcing never again.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A hidden gem which in many ways is as good of a depiction of Mossad life as Munich without all the critical acclaim.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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