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Réfractaire (2009)

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May 1944. A young man just out of college returns to his hometown in Luxembourg. Refusing to fight on the German side, he chooses a clandestine life and joins other deserters in an abandoned mine.

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May 1944. A young man just out of college returns to his hometown in Luxembourg. Refusing to fight on the German side, he chooses a clandestine life and joins other deserters in an abandoned mine.

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Not what it appears to be...
24 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

First of all, the front cover of the DVD depicts planes, tanks and soldiers battling it out in a glorious spectacle. NONE of this high-octane stuff appears in the final product, which is a far more sedate affair.

It revolves around a rich kid, who joins the resistance in his local neighbourhood during World War II, and ends up underground with a bunch of nutcases. Just when you think the film will be centred around these dirty, smelly mentally-deficient dudes slowly cracking under close quarters, things take another twist when our errant hero falls in love with the wife of a Nazi sympathiser, before discovering the boss of his cell has been killed by a gun-crazed colleague. DRAMA!!

The whole thing never leaps off the screen, it's just 'there', with precious little attempt to let us get to know any of the protagonists, and an abrupt ending that relies on someone making such a stupid decision he might as well have stuck his head in a lion's mouth.

It is amusing to note though, that this budget DVD from That's Entertainment has no indication that it's a Luxembourg/Switzerland production with subtitles, and this combined with the misleading, action-packed front cover will have scores of Call Of Duty chavs reaching for their receipts faster then when they grab their benefit cheques at the Post Office for 'depression'. Oops, getting a bit off track there... 5/10


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