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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Faussier
Suzy Desprez
Gaëlle Lemenech
Karl Heindrich
Maria Luzzato
Pierre Desfontaines
Lieutenant Becker
Robin Renucci ...
Claude Granville
Colin David Reese ...
Colonel Maurice Buckmaster
Jurgen Mash ...
Gerd Von Rundstedt
Conrad Cecil ...
Le géologue anglais
Alexandre Jazede ...
René Bourienne


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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Female Agents  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£68,412 (UK) (27 June 2008)


£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 »


The basic premise of this film is that a Geologist has been sent to France to study the sand on the beach is incorrect. Frogmen landed at night on the beach to take samples and were then taken back immediately to England. There is no possibility of any access being gained to the beach by a civilian as they were heavily guarded. See more »

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Highly recommended
20 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I happened to see 'The Dark Knight' the night before I saw this, and felt somewhat unsatisfied by it. This film (which I hadn't even heard of until yesterday) by contrast, provided what I'd been looking for: dark, yes - very, but evoking real emotional depth and a sense of the ambiguity and terrible moral choices that have to be faced in wartime. And completely gripping, excellently acted. The fact that the underlying scenario has been used before is completely irrelevant - how many films have been made about 'two people falling in love' for example? This is not only an excellently realised 'wartime adventure' story - it's a harrowing and thought-provoking film which will definitely stay with you. Get to see it if you can.

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