Les Patriotes (The Patriots) (1994)
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as Ran Ostrovitch
as Marie Claude
as Jeremy Pelman
as Catherine Pelman
as Bill Haydon
as Remy Prieur
as Cop 1 Israel
as Cop 2 Israel
as 3rd instructor
as American hotel Tel Aviv
as Mossad chief
as Colleague NSA
as Washington Restaurant's manager
as Employee NSA
as Mme Prieur
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
A hidden gem which in many ways is as good of a depiction of Mossad life as Munich without all the critical acclaim.
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.
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