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Les femmes de l'ombre (2008)

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In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Marceau ... Louise Desfontaines
Julie Depardieu ... Jeanne Faussier
Marie Gillain ... Suzy Desprez
Déborah François ... Gaëlle Lemenech
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Karl Heindrich
Maya Sansa ... Maria Luzzato
Julien Boisselier ... Pierre Desfontaines
Vincent Rottiers ... Eddy
Volker Bruch ... Lieutenant Becker
Robin Renucci ... Melchior
Xavier Beauvois ... Claude Granville
Colin David Reese Colin David Reese ... Colonel Maurice Buckmaster
Jurgen Mash Jurgen Mash ... Gerd Von Rundstedt
Conrad Cecil ... Le géologue anglais
Alexandre Jazede Alexandre Jazede ... René Bourienne
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In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British geologist from a German hospital in the countryside. The geologist was assigned by Colonel Maurice Buckmaster in a reconnaissance mission of the soil of the beaches at Normandy for the D-Day and had been captured by the Germans. Louise and Pierre force the prostitute Jeanne Faussier that is imprisoned for murdering her pimp; the explosives expert Gaëlle Lemenech that misses action; and the former dancer and fiancé of Colonel Karl Heindrich, Suzy Desprez, using blackmail and unethical methods to fly to France and join the Italian agent Maria Luzzato in the assignment. They are well-succeeded but when they deliver the geologist to the British aeroplane, Pierre betrays the group. He forces the women to travel to Paris to kill Colonel Heindrich who suspects that the landing of the allied forces will be... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

5 March 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Agents See more »

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According to the Cinema Intelligence Agency website, "The French title ["Les femmes de l'ombre"] translates as "Women of the Shadows" which could be mistaken for "Shady Ladies" hence the pragmatic English title of "Female Agents"." See more »

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Heindrich is referred to as "Oberst", which is an army rank, there was no such rank in the SS. The equivalent SS rank was "Standartenführer". See more »

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Much more real, bleak and thoughtful film than I expected
7 July 2008 | by seawalkerSee all my reviews

1944. An undercover agent working for the Allies, holding vital information about the future D-Day landings, is trapped in a French hospital, behind enemy lines. The agent is potentially only hours away from being discovered by the SS, and so the British Strategic Operations Executive put together a team of French speaking agents rescue him. Except for the commanding officer, the team are all women...

Oh, yes. That sounded like just the ticket. Definitely a bit of a romp. Something along the lines of a 1940's set "Mission: Impossible". Stunts, action sequences, beautiful women with serious weaponry using their womanly wiles to run rings around evil, horny Nazis.

Forget it. "Les Femmes de l'ombre" was not that film. The girls were beautiful, there was some de rigeur European nudity and also plenty of firepower and action, but "Les Femmes de l'ombre" was a much more real, bleak and thoughtful film than I expected. Bloody, nasty and sadistic, not to mention dangerous with some toe curling scenes of torture. Mix in with that meditations on fear, betrayal and ultimate self sacrifice.

Perhaps "Les Femmes de l'ombre" was uneven, but it was also a really interesting take on that old chestnut: The war movie about a team sent behind enemy lines on a vital mission. I doubt that Tarantino will make a more memorable film when and if he finally finishes "Inglorious Bastards".


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