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Cast

  (in credits order)
Francis Huster ... Jean Moulin
Patrick Catalifo ... Frenay
Aladin Reibel ... Benouville
Bernard Yerlès ... René Hardy

Mélanie Laurent ... Alice Arguel (jeune)
Maruschka Detmers ... Gilberte
Antoine Chain ... Martial Blanchard
Jacques Spiesser ... Lassagne
Hubert Saint-Macary ... Henri Manhès
François Dunoyer ... Pierre Meunier
Léo Grandperret ... Guillaume
Dominique Valadié ... Laure Moulin
Monique Mélinand ... Blanche
Bernard Fresson ... Général Delestraint
Torsten Buchsteiner ... Ernst Misselwitz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Ahern ... Général Allan Brook
Pierre Aknine ... Raoul Cortez

Gabriel Arcand ... Georges Rouah
Laurent Bateau ... Homme à lunettes
Dorothée Berryman ... Nelly Brochet
Stéphane Boucher ... Pierre Decote
Jacques Boudet ... Général de Gaulle

Zsolt Bács ... Lt. Schleicher
Simon Caban ... Gestapiste
Andy Cam ... Saumade
Ruth Charest ... Femme
Patrick Chouinard ... L'Officier allemand

Roger Denesha ... Le Dispatcher

Julie Depardieu ... Soeur Henriette
Vanessa Devraine ... Lydie Bastien

Richard Dillane ... Anthony Harper
Jacub Dostal ... Millitz
Yan Duffas ... Henri Aubry
René Gagnon ... Le Metteur en scène
Marc Gillis ... Passy

Christian Goebel ... Klaus Barbie (as Christian Maria Goebel)
Serge Grenier ... Claude Rougis
Miro Grisa ... Médecin allemand
Tomás Hanák ... Sous-Officier patrouille
Marie Henriau ... Simone Arguel
Andreas Hofer ... Capitaine Brackman
James Hyndman ... Otto von Ebrennach
Jaromir Jacenek ... Officier allemand fusillade
Vladimír Javorský ... Officier allemand Chartres
Frantisek Kreuzmann ... Docteur Dugoujon
Christophe Lapier ... Homme

Lucie Laurier ... Colette Jacques
Daniel Marcoux ... L'Acteur
Jean-Michel Marnet ... Emmanuel D'Astier
Marek Matejka ... André Moog
Denis Mercier ... Lucien Laroque
Petr Mikeska ... Copain Alice
Jirí Novotný ... Colonel Schwartzfeld
Christophe Odent ... Marcel Bernard
Isabelle Page ... Femme
Ruben Peguero ... Le Sénégalais
Yves Penay ... Patron soierie
Françoise Pinkwasser ... La Concierge

Micheline Presle ... Alice Arguel âgée
Christelle Prot ... Marie-Rose Hoveldis
Daniel Rous ... Jean Multon
Michael Sapieha ... John Forster
Thomas Sarbacher ... Capitaine Kieffer
Klaus Schindler ... Cdt. Bomelburg
Svatopluk Schuller ... Bruno Larat
Brice Seyfried ... Gestapiste
Pavel Slabý ... Chevance
Frederika Smetanova ... Femme au bébé
Martin Sochor ... Jean-Pierre Levy
David Svehlík ... Copain Alice
Roman Teprt ... Le Voyageur
Katerina Urbancová ... Edmée Delettraz
Vera Uzelacová ... Vieille Femme hôpital
Tatiana Vialle ... Marguerite Brossier
Gerard Whelan ... Raymond Aubrac
Jirí Wohanka ... Kramer
Vlastimil Zavrel ... Lieutenant Goerdeler

Directed by
Pierre Aknine 
 
Produced by
Michael Cowan .... co-producer
Jean-Pierre Guérin .... producer
Marc Jenny .... executive producer
Claude Léger .... co-producer
Alex Marshall .... associate producer
Alex Marshall .... executive producer
Jason Piette .... co-producer
Christophe Valette .... executive producer
Jonathan Vanger .... co-producer
Clive Waldron .... line producer: UK
 
Film Editing by
Thierry Rouden 
 
Casting by
Martina Kubesova 
Tatiana Vialle 
Tomas Zelenka 
 
Makeup Department
Larysa Chernienko .... makeup artist
Barbara Kichi .... hair stylist
Barbara Kichiova .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Daniel Boudreau .... assistant unit manager: Montréal
Paul Boutin .... unit manager
Karim Djerbi .... assistant unit manager
Michal Prikryl .... production manager: Prague
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marion Lallier .... first assistant director
Janine Law .... second assistant director: UK
 
Art Department
Judith Lacour .... second assistant decorator
Bruno Lahaye .... property master
Gabriela Rezacova .... art department interpreter
Jean-François Sturm .... second assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Carl Goetgheluck .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Heslop .... sound effects editor
Bruno Lecoeur .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Jirí Vojtech .... special effects foreman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Abomnes .... first assistant camera
Etienne Chognard .... still photographer
Serge Grenier .... key grip
Julie Sageau .... video assist operator
Martin Schmarc .... video assist operator
Petr Svoboda .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Olivier Veinat .... color timer
 
Music Department
Benjamin Caillaud .... music editor
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Andrée Roy .... driver: Montréal
 
Other crew
Shirine Best .... development assistant: UK
Mel Hider .... assistant: Mr. Cowan and Mr. Piette
Richard Hyland .... production accountant: UK
David Koranda .... assistant location manager
Emily Kyriakides .... assistant to producer: UK
Francois Larose .... set runner
Catherine Perron .... production assistant
Lucy Shuttleworth .... development executive: UK
 

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Three hours not well used, 15 September 2007
Author: groggo from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This French television drama, based on a famous (and true) World War II story, should have been a momentous event in cinema. Instead, it's a slow, ponderous, surprisingly unexciting, and ultimately confusing work that stretches over three hours. Many characters weave in and out of this piece, and you start to get a little befuddled after a while. Maybe you have to know the French language (or French history of the time) to make keep track of everybody.

The people of France (older generations at least) are well acquainted with Jean Moulin, who is considered a great hero, a martyr, and a symbol of French resistance and patriotism during the dark days of the Nazi occupation. It was Moulin, through his meetings with London-based General Charles DeGaulle, who apparently pushed vigorously for a unified French resistance movement under the aegis of DeGaulle himself.

Many Americans and Brits delight in belittling the French for their role in WWII, without really considerating the events: they lived next door to the powerful Nazi war machine, and were simply overwhelmed by it. That they managed to muster such a highly effective and unbelievably courageous underground resistance network was a major (and shamefully overlooked) factor in preparing for the Normandy invasion of 1944 and the ultimate Nazi defeat. Moulin was instrumental in organizing this network, which has never really received its due credit in world history.

A big problem with this film is Francis Huster, who plays Moulin with a jaw that is rigidly and stubbornly set. He's a fine actor, but he's simply miscast. It's hard for us to accept him as a charismatic and dominant presence capable of unifying the contrary, suspicious, quasi-rebellious, stubborn leaders of the three principal resistance movements that jealously guarded their own interests. They seem determined to undermine him rather than fully cooperate with him, and, oddly, there is no clear resolution of their conflict in this film.

Moulin is able to go to London numerous times to meet with DeGaulle, an omission of credibility given the severe, Nazi-controlled travel restrictions of the times. We see very little of the obstructions that must have faced Moulin's seeming freedom to come and go to England and back several times, all without being specifically identified by the Nazis as DeGaulle's chosen leader.

There are many opportunities in this film to build intense intrigue and suspense, but it's instead treated pretty lightly, perhaps in in the cause of presenting a character study of Jean Moulin himself. As a biography it works, but as exciting cinema it doesn't.

It is also difficult to understand how the sophisticated Nazi intelligence network had such great difficulty in identifying and capturing Moulin in the relatively small southern French city of Lyon. To watch this film, you would think he was all but invisible to the enemy.

The infamous Klaus Barbie, the so-called Butcher of Lyon, is played with fervour by Christian Maria Goebel. If anything, he underplays the character. The real Barbie was apparently far more vicious and sadistic. The lovely Dutch-born, Paris-based Marushka Detmers as Moulin's only true love, and Patrick Catalifo as the renegade Frenay of the opposition Combat resistance cell, are standouts. These performances tend to bring Huster's shortcomings into clearer focus.

Considering the time and the subject matter (the resistance is committed to sabotaging the Nazis at every turn), the film is almost entirely void of action (to say nothing of badly needed tension). We are privy to only one scene of actual combat between resistance fighters and their enemies (partisan Alice, played brilliantly by Melanie Laurent with a sweet-faced determination, leads the slaughter of a group of German soldiers). Otherwise, this is a film basically about process, about procedure, about organization, which Laurent, in her zealous youthfulness, denounces ('You're just pencil-pushers,' she says to Moulin, 'you don't do anything'). It would have been fitting to see a few resistance operations against the Nazis, but, quizzically, you won't find that here.

A year before the release of this film, in 2002, the dynamic French actor Charles Berling played Jean Moulin in a docudrama. I would like to see that film to use as a comparison. Huster's Jean Moulin is a very competent (and courageous) administrator, but I would like to believe he was more overtly combative. Maybe that's the way the real Jean Moulin was. The French would certainly know more than I. In any case, this is a very important story about a true hero of France.

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