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Les femmes de l’ombre – Movie Review

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Movie: Les femmes de l’ombre

International English Title: Female Agents

Releasing Year: 2008

Country of Origin: France

Languages: French, German & English.

Genre: War, History, Drama

Les femmes de l’ombre/Female Agents Movie Review & Plot:

Les femmes de l’ombre or Female Agents in a 2008, French World War – II, theme based movie. The movie stars some of the most talented actors from Europe such as Déborah François, Julie Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Gillain, Julien Boisselier, and Maya Sansa. Director Jean-Paul Salomé, has made this movie on the life of a real Female Agent whose extraordinary courage during German occupation of France is to be remembered forever. Now talking about the film, Les femmes de l’ombre starts with agent Louise Desfontaines, been assigned a mission alongside her brother. The mission is to go to Normandy and take an English Geologist back to England (who is there in hospital as Germans suspects him of being an English Secret Agent.

But, Louise Desfontaines is not alone in this mission. She has to recruit more Female Agents for the mission which she successfully do. Pierre Desfontaines (Louise’s Brother) is in-charge of this operation. Louise along with her team of Female Agents gets the work done and finally rescues the English Geologist from the hospital. The catch comes in the mission when it is disclosed that this is not the real mission for which the Female Agents are in France. The are now being asked to kill Col. Karl Heindrich ( A high-ranking German who i suspicious of England’s activities on its shores). The rest of the movie goes smooth and becomes interesting when Karl Heindrich  gets to arrest one of Louise’s brother and one of her associate named Gaëlle Lemenech. She tells the Germans about Louise’s plans out of fear for torture.

Louise tries to assassinate Karl at a railway station, but she fails to do so and gets arrested and later brutally tortured in front of her brother by Germans. Pierre Desfontaines decides to tell Karl Heindrich the truth to save her sister. And, in a twist it is revealed that English are helping the Americans to land on  “temporary platforms” in Normandy to fight the Nazis. Now, Heindrich is more worried than he expected and decides to go to Berlin. Louise is rescued by her associates while getting transferred from one place to another on the orders of Karl.

The climax comes when Louise finally shots Karl Heindrich, but she paid a heavy price for it. All her Female Agents are dead while executing this operation. The movie ends when Nazis surrenders to Allied Powers and Louise is seen again working as a nurse.

Les femmes de l’ombre/Female Agents Rating & Verdict:

I rated Les femmes de l’ombre 8 out of 10, because of the high-quality acting and wonderful as well as smooth direction by Jean-Paul Salomé. There are no jerks in the script and you feel engrossed to Female Agents from the start till its end. In terms of acting Les femmes de l’ombre is just too good to watch. All the characters are very well written and the actors have given their best. In my view, there’s a same theme about all World War – II, based films. That is they try to portray Nazi violence and brutality against the Europeans and boast the courage and determination of the Allied Powers in fight against the Axis powers. But, yet these all movies have a different story to tell. And, to me this is the beauty of World War based  movies. There’s always something new to be told to this World from someone…! So if, you have not seen this French master-class then go and see it now. For those who love History and War genre like me Les femmes de l’ombre is definitely a must watch film.

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Les Visiteurs – Movie Review

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Movie: Les Visiteurs

English Title: The Visitors

Year: 1993

Country of Origin: France

Language: French (Mainly) English (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, History Fiction

Les Visiteurs Movie Review & Story-line:

Les Visiteurs is a comedy movie based on “time traveling”. The movie is set in early 12th and late 20th centuries. It is 1123 and a brave Knight named Godefroy Amaury de Malfête saves his King’s  (Louis VI “Le Gros”) life. For his “extra ordinary” feat King gives him the title of  Count of Montmirail. He also gives him permission to marry the woman he for long fancied. Here, comes the tragedy in the life of Godefroy as under the spell of a potion he “accidentally” kills his would be father-in-law. Frénégonde de Pouille (the countess with whom he was about to marry) tells him that she can’t marry a person who made her orphan. This makes Godefroy very sad he also decides not to marry anyone else all his life. After this, Godefroy goes to a  wizard named Eusebius and asks him if he can bring back his father-in-law? The wizard replies indeed he can’t, but he can sent him through the “tunnels of time” from where he can stop himself from shooting (with a crossbow arrow) his father-in-law.

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Godefroy under the “spell” of a witch…

Eusebius gives him a “magic potion” upon drinking of which Godefroy along-with his valet Jacquouille la Fripouille by wizard’s mistake comes into the year 1993. Here, starts the real drama of Les Visiteurs as they gets confused seeing the modern world with latest technologies and mistake them for “devil’s machines”. After reaching the 1993, Godefroy and Jacquouille la Fripouille encounters police and fights with them. Godefroy is taken to a mental asylum while Jacquouille meets a vagabond called Ginette la clocharde (Marie-Anne Chazel).

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Godefroy & Jacquouille destroying a car thinking it as “Devil’s Chariot”…

The twist comes when Godefroy meets Béatrice de Montmirail (who is exactly same as Frénégonde). Beatrice thinks of Godefroy as her long-lost cousin Hubert and takes him from asylum to her home. At home Jacquouille (Christian Clavier) do some stupid stuff which is something worth watching with your own eyes rather than me narrating it to you. Soon, Godefroy realize that Beatrice is his “descendant” and he has come to future. Now, he gets worried about going back to is time. He asks Beatrice to take him to his castle (which is now turned into a heritage hotel) run by a man Jacques-Henri Jacquard (who looks like Jacquouille because of being his descendant). In the castle, Godefroy finds the secret passage he was looking for going back to his time. How will he and Jacquouille return to 1123 again ? Is something you need to find out by watching Les Visiteurs. I would like to disclose one thing that Les Visiteurs ends when Godefroy corrects his mistake of shooting his would be father-in-law, but Jacquouille remains in the year 1993 instead he tricked everyone to send Jaquard back to past…

Les Visiteurs Rating & Verdict:

In my assessment Les Visiteurs (The Visitors) is worthy of  7/10 rating. Les Visiteurs is a good to watch “one-time” stuff, but never a complete cinema as anyone would love to see. The film relies heavily on two lead characters and the music too is not very pleasing. In fact, as for my liking there was very “dim and light background score” in Les Visiteurs. Coming to special effects, it is very much clear that the movie is old and as a viewer of today’s age to me they seemed very “ordinary”. At last, I would recommend it to all age groups as it is a funny film to enjoy either with your friends or family.

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