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Blanche and Marie (1985)

Blanche et Marie (original title)
A little town in the north of France, 1941. Blanche has three children. She worries about her husband Victor, who often goes out at night. Actually, Victor belongs to the Resistance. Soon, ... See full summary »

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Blanche
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Marie
Gérard Klein ...
Victor
Patrick Chesnais ...
Germinal
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Louise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Paul Archie ...
Man with tracts
Jean-Marc Avocat
Coralie Baillet ...
Fernande's child
Julia Baillet ...
Fernande's child
Melanie Baillet ...
Fernande's child
Christian Blanc ...
Henri
Jacques Bonnaffé ...
Louis
Annick Brard ...
Nun
Philippe Clévenot ...
Commissioner Benoist
Coquillette ...
Florist
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A little town in the north of France, 1941. Blanche has three children. She worries about her husband Victor, who often goes out at night. Actually, Victor belongs to the Resistance. Soon, Blanche will be a resistant too. In the network, there is also Germinal, the hairdresser. His daughter Marie knows everything and asks to be part of it... Chronicle of the occupation and of the resistance through the eyes of the women. Written by Yepok

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A different point of view of the resistance movement
18 September 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This film is completely different from the usual stories describing WW II and the "resistence".

The story describes the usual life during the war as seen from a female point of view and this makes it unique. The main actors Blanche and Marie are wonderfully impersonated by Miou Miou and Sandrine Bonaire.

It is a slow process which leads them to the resistance movement. They experience day by day the cruelty of the German occupants and their willing French helpers. Nobody can be sure that his neighbor is working for the German GESTAPO or SS. In this climate the women feel that they can't stand apart but that they rather have to act and support the movement.

One scene of the film of which I think is important, shows the cynicism of the Nazis: An exhibition which should demonstrate the inferiority of the Jewish "race". A certain shape of the nose, ears, eyes, etc. should prove that the Aryans are superior to all other people in the world.

In this atmosphere of fright and uncertainty the women become an important link in the chain of resistance. And they fight with "female" weapons and are more than tough even if they are tortured.

This film is very important because he shows that not only men but (maybe first of all) also women have had a good share in the French resistance movement. A very realistic movie which is worth while to be watched.


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