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Female Agents (2008)

Les femmes de l'ombre (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, War | 5 March 2008 (France)
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London, 1944: SOE's section for French ops parachute 4 women into France, plus a woman there, to free an English geologist and kill SS colonel Heindrich.

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Jean-Paul Salomé
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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

5 March 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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$9,274,983
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1.85 : 1
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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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Gripping film
26 January 2011 | by les6969See all my reviews

There are many positive things about this film that for me anyway make any negatives irrelevant. I know it isn't 100% accurate but the acting of all the cast is quite superb in my opinion.

Sophie Marceau as Louise stands out in this film, her acting is superb and although she is clearly a beautiful woman she does not seem to mind looking less than glamorous throughout. Her range or emotion was truly gripping. Julien Boisselier as her brother Pierre is a tortured soul who has a coldness about him that was probably necessary to carry out the tasks they had to. Julie Depardieu as Jeanne, Maya Sansa as Maria,are all good as is the stunning Marie Gillain, but Déborah François as Gaëlle,did an amazing job showing her characters naiveté and youth and some really strong and convincing emotions especially when captured. Colonel Heindrich is played by Moritz Bleibtreu who has had some criticism on here but in my opinion he carried it off perfectly. Many SS were ruthless and clinical and yet at the same time gentlemen and family men. A lot of this film is unrealistic and no doubt done for dramatic effect but the more you watch the more you get drawn in. I would highly recommend this film and would watch it again I am sure.


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