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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Release Date:

5 March 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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 UK doesn't have a 'Royal Academy of London', although there are several other Royal Academies [i.e. Arts, Music, Dance, Ballet, Opera]. See more »

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Gritty WWII mission drama, ala the Dirty Dozen
16 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at this years Seattle International Film Festival, and other than the bizarre choice of "Female Agents" as the English title, I loved it. I think a more direct translation of the title as "Women of the Shadows" or some such would have been much more evocative.

The film itself is a gritty WWII espionage drama in the classic mold, with the team of misfits being assembled to do the job that only they can do. Only in this case, they are women. The film does not shrink from the grittiness and danger of the mission, especially when it extends to several gutwrenching interrogation scenes. There is no chivalry in this war. Moritz Bleibtreu is especially effective as an SS Colonel who believes himself to be a decent man, doing only what he must, yet in reality committing atrocity after atrocity.

Special effects are well used to give us occupied Paris in great detail, and the whole look of the film is quite stylish. A recommended film!

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