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

 |  Drama, War  |  5 March 2008 (France)
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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
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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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Opening Weekend:

£68,412 (UK) (27 June 2008)

Gross:

£157,077 (UK) (4 July 2008)
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According to the Cinema Intelligence Agency website, "The French title ["Les femmes de l'ombre"] translates as "Women of the Shadows" which could be mistaken for "Shady Ladies" hence the pragmatic English title of "Female Agents"." 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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A must see movie for so many reasons.
10 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whereas a lot of films and television over the years has made war seem a very one-sided affair and concentrated on things from a very male point of view, very few have dealt with the roles that women had played. Set during world war II Female Agents tell of one such group of agents on a mission for the British government behind enemy lines in France in 1944. The mission, to rescue a British geologist who was caught on the beaches of Normandy, the information he has is crucial to the success of the D-day landings. Also there is an SS colonel who is intent on cracking the geologists riddle and thwarting the allied attacks who must be killed no matter what the cost. Assembling the group a brother and sister team chose girls because of their backgrounds and skills and after a one day refresher course in field skills they are off. From this point on the film thanks to the story (based in truth) the acting (universally brilliant) and the cinematography (breathtaking) grips like a vice and doesn't let up until the credits roll. Challenging and at times brutal it shows in very real terms what people went through and what they sacrificed to bring down the evil Nazi regime. It shows us a time that although we don't want to remember we should never forget and this film is a fine example of the heroic work done by individuals that eventually secured our freedom as a whole. A must see movie for so many reasons.


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