Rating: 7.5 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 06/29/2019, 03/01/2011
This gripping historical drama recounts the story of Armenian-born Missak Manouchian, a woodworker and political activist who led an immigrant laborer division of the Parisian Resistance on 30 operations against the Nazis in 1943. The Nazis branded the group an Army of Crime, an anti-immigrant propaganda stunt that backfired as the team’s members became martyrs for the Resistance.
Length 139 minutes
Lola Naymark | Simon Abkarian | Virginie Ledoyen | Jean-Pierre Darroussin | Alexandru Potocean | George Babluani | Olga Legrand | Ariane Ascaride | Yann Trégouët | Pascal Cervo | Robinson Stévenin | Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet | Pierre Niney | Adrien Jolivet | Léopold Szabatura | Yann Loubatière | Paula Klein | Boris Bergman | Garance Mazureck | Miguel Ferreira
A “based on real events” story about the immigrants: Armenians, Jews, “Red” Spaniards, etc. who dared to form their own partisan resistance groups and conduct guerrilla warfare against the Germans and collaborator French in occupied France during WWII.
I liked this movie a lot. It tells a mostly untold story about France and how so many of the French stood by and did nothing, or worse, collaborated with the Germans, against immigrants in their country; and how those immigrants fought for their freedom and that of the French people.
Well worth watching, and probably a nice companion piece to Army of Shadows, which is also about the French Resistance.