Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"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."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"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."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"... Guédiguian punctures a lot of myths about the face-and the motives-of the French resistance."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Robert Guediguian makes a fascinating Altmanesque character study of a mixed group of foreign resistance fighters (called the "FTP-MOI") working in Paris to undermine the Nazi-led removal of Jews during World War II."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Better and far more complex films about the French Resistance have been made"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"A passionate act of remembrance."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"... Guediguian, working with a screenplay by Serge Le Peron and Gilles Taurand, gives the good old-fashioned epic treatment to an important chapter of history."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Impressive recreation of World War II French Resistance movement, marked by a deep humanity and piercing intelligence."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Unlike Inglourious Basterds, objectively superior from a cinematic standpoint, this French resistance drama evinces some interest in assessing the ethical compromises required of those opposing Nazi rule."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"This is a fact-based story of the French resistance who had to fight not only the Germans but their own people."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"His film is always fascinating and is a crucial, stirring addition to the cinema about wartime France."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A young and talented cast put energy into this timeless story of the citizen warriors of occupied France."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"By presenting his heroes warts and all and by consistently adopting a matter-of-fact tone, the film feels appropriately tense because the stakes are believable."
‑ Dan Lybarger, MovieMaker Magazine
"A revealing look at the French Resistance but one that is more intellectual than action-packed."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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