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Female Agents (2008)
"Les femmes de l'ombre" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  5 March 2008 (France)
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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... See full summary »

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Jeanne Faussier
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Suzy Desprez
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Gaëlle Lemenech
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Karl Heindrich
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Maria Luzzato
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Pierre Desfontaines
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Eddy
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Lieutenant Becker
Robin Renucci ...
Melchior
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Claude Granville
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Colonel Maurice Buckmaster
Jurgen Mash ...
Gerd Von Rundstedt
Conrad Cecil ...
Le géologue anglais
Alexandre Jazede ...
René Bourienne
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£68,412 (UK) (27 June 2008)

Gross:

£157,077 (UK) (4 July 2008)
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One of the inspirations for the film came when director Jean-Paul Salomé read "The Times" in London one morning whilst on post-production of Adventures of Arsene Lupin (2004). Salomé saw a full page devoted to Lise Villameur, a French Resistance agent who worked for the SOE, the Special Operations Executive created by Winston Churchill during the Second World War. She had just died at the age of 98. She had been a real heroine and Britain paid tribute to her. Intrigued by her story, Salomé started doing some research with the help of historian Olivier Wieviorka. Salomé discovered that other women had been SOE agents. They were among the fifty or so agents of the "French Section" that were trained in England before working for the Allies in occupied WWII France. See more »

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Heindrich is referred to as "Oberst", which is an army rank, there was no such rank in the SS. The equivalent SS rank was "Standartenführer". See more »

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Excellent.
15 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the story of four girls recruited in the latter part of WWII, who are dropped into occupied France, and reek havok to rescue a captured British spy, caught in France posing as a geologist. It is often bloody and gritty, but totally convincing, and never boring. I read a previous comment that described it as a "Made for TV movie". Well all i can say is, they certainly don't make war movies with full frontal nudity and torture scenes, and show them on my TV. The fact that this is the story of women doing what we would generally have expected only men did during the war, is what what I found so interesting. I'll never chain my wife to the cooker again. An excellent, entertaining, well made film. The acting is totally convincing, particularly Sophie Marceau, who plays the lead role. 7.5/10


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