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  (in credits order)

Simon Abkarian ... Missak Manouchian

Virginie Ledoyen ... Mélinée Manouchian
Robinson Stévenin ... Marcel Rayman
Lola Naymark ... Monique Stern

Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Thomas Elek
Adrien Jolivet ... Henri Krasucki
Olga Legrand ... Olga Bancic
Alexandru Potocean ... Alexandre le mari d'Olga

Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Inspecteur Pujol
Yann Trégouët ... Commissaire David
Pascal Cervo ... Inspecteur Bourlier
Paula Klein ... Madame Rayman
Boris Bergman ... Monsieur Rayman
Léopold Szabatura ... Simon Rayman
Ariane Ascaride ... Madame Elek
Garance Mazureck ... Marthe Elek
Yann Loubatière ... Bola Elek

George Babluani ... Patriciu

Miguel Ferreira ... Celestino Alfonso

Pierre Niney ... Henri Keltekian
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ... Narek Tavkorian
Ivan Franek ... Feri Boczov
Horatiu Malaele ... Monsieur Dupont
Mirza Halilovic ... Petra
Christina Galstian ... Knar Aznavourian (as Christina Galstian Agooudjian)
Jurgen Genuit ... Raffenbach
Jean-Claude Bourbault ... Joseph Darnand

Wolfgang Pissors ... Monsieur Stern
Jutta Vielhaber ... Madame Stern
Maurice Durozier ... Docteur Kaldjian
Yasmine Ghazarian ... Cristina
Julien Bouanich ... Saas
Xavier Hosten ... Cristea
Rainer Sievert ... Officier Allemand Cormeilles
Veronika Beiweis ... Madame Frydman
Lola Accardi ... Amie Madame Frydman
Alain Gautré ... Inspecteur Barrachin
Bertrand Bossard ... Inspecteur Daime
Alain Cauchi ... Policiers
Philippe Le Mercier ... Policiers
Julia Brodier ... Employée Préfecture
Arnaud Le Bozec ... Gardiens de la Paix
Vincent Crouzet ... Gardiens de la Paix
Jean-Marc Coudert ... Policier métro
Emmanuel Chevallier ... Policier arrestation Rayman
Yves Buchin ... Policier tortionnaire
Hubertus Biermann ... Général Oberg
Jeremias Nussbaum ... Jeune Soldat Allemand
Simon Frenay ... Lycéen
Jean-Christophe Peupion ... Concierge Manouchian
Elise Arpentinier ... Concierge Elek
François Carton ... Fermier

Nicolas Robin ... Crieurs de Journaux
Quentin Thébault ... Crieurs de journaux
Marc Choquet ... Reporter Radio-Paris
Stéphane Rugraff ... Maître Nageur
Andrée Saldo ... La bigote
Serge Avedikian ... Micha Aznavourian
Pierre Banderet ... Lucien Rottée

Lucas Belvaux ... Joseph Epstein
Frédérique Bonnal ... La concierge
Patrick Bonnel ... Monsieur Elek
Christine Brücher ... La fermière
Alain Lenglet ... Le proviseur
Gérard Meylan ... Le flic résistant

Directed by
Robert Guédiguian 
Writing credits
Serge Le Péron (original idea)

Robert Guédiguian (scenario) and
Serge Le Péron (scenario) and
Gilles Taurand (scenario)

Gilles Taurand (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Dominique Barneaud .... producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Pierre Milon 
Film Editing by
Bernard Sasia 
Production Design by
Michel Vandestien 
Set Decoration by
Claire Vaysse (decoration)
Costume Design by
Juliette Chanaud 
Makeup Department
Fabrice Herbet .... special makeup effects artist
Pierre Olivier Persin .... special makeup effects artist
Jimmy Springard .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Malek Hamzaoui .... production manager
Svetlane Vaesken .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Justine Bosco .... third assistant director
Nicolas Bouaziz .... second assistant director
Jean-Christophe Delpias .... first assistant director
Sophie Groussin .... second assistant director
Charlotte Selman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Gérard David .... assistant art director
Pomme Delépine .... third assistant art director
Yann Dury .... assistant art director
Nicolas Lanvin .... swing gang
Pascal Lavoué .... property master
Sylvie Le Vessier .... painter
Gonzalez Stephane .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Vincent Cosson .... foley recordist
Florian Fabre .... foley artist
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Laurent Lafran .... sound
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Martins .... sound assistant: auditorium
Valérie Meffre .... dialogue editor
Bridget O'Driscoll .... supervising sound editor
Xavier Thieulin .... sound mix technician
Special Effects by
Guy Monbillard .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Nicolas Borens .... digital compositor
Sophie Denize .... visual effects producer
Ludovic Iochem .... digital matte painting
Julien Meesters .... head of VFX studio
Hugues Namur .... visual effects supervisor
Jérémie Touzery .... matte painter
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stunts
Kevin Cauderlier .... stunts
Frédéric Dessains .... stunt performer
Jérôme Gaspard .... stunt performer
Emmanuel Lanzi .... stunt performer
John Medalin .... stunt performer
Olivier Sa .... stunt performer
Michaël Troude .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bigot .... grip
Vincent Buron .... first assistant camera
Marie Demaison .... assistant camera
Stéphane Ging .... additional grip
Malek Krimed .... first assistant camera
Dupont Stéphanie .... still photographer (as Stéphanie Braunschweig)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eléonore Cecconi .... additional wardrobe
Indiana Sylla .... costumer
Editorial Department
Marie Granel .... post-production assistant
Jacky Lefresne .... colorist
Léa Masson .... second assistant editor
Valérie Meffre .... assistant editor
Music Department
Fernand Capitani .... composer: additional music
Goussan Chahene .... composer: additional music
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestration
Andrew Dudman .... score mixing engineer
Andrew Dudman .... score recording engineer
Xavier Forcioli .... music programmer
Xavier Forcioli .... music: production
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack producer
Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble .... orchestra
Dominique LeMonnier .... musician
Pascal Mayer .... music supervisor
Iuric Morar .... musician
Christophe Morin .... musician
Philippe Noharet .... musician
Oreste Rossi .... composer: additional music
Joel Rubin .... musician
Traffic Quintet .... musician
Anne Villette .... musician
Estelle Vilotte .... musician
Yeram .... musician
Transportation Department
Jalal Aqdim .... picture car assistant coordinator
Charles Heidet .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Lise Ariotti .... production administrator
Marie-Christine Damiens .... press relations
Xavier Forcioli .... programmer
Marc Leroyer .... armourer/weapons master

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'armée du crime" - France (original title)
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139 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Henri Krasucki, part of the Manouchian group, was the general secretary of the French Communist Party from 1982 to 1992.See more »
Anachronisms: When showed up to the press after being arrested in November 1943, a member of the group tells a policeman the FFI will avenge them when they come. The FFI (Forces Francaises de l'Interieur) was regrouping several resistance groups and was created in 1944.See more »
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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Another angle on the French Resistance, 24 February 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

A rousing, lengthy and straightforward political thriller about a key aspect of the French resistance during the Second Wold War, Robert Guédiguian's new film focuses on the movement's early stages, when both leaders and foot soldiers made up an organization called the FTP-MOI: Francs-tireurs et partisans – main-d'oeuvre immigrée or Partisans and Irregulars - Immigrant Work Force. it was made up of non-Party member communists or communist sympathizers of foreign, often Jewish, origin -- Spanish, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Italian, or, like the director himself, Armenian. Of course resistance tales have been told before, most recently (in a film seen in the US) Danish director Ole Christian Madsen's Flame and Citron, about his country's most famous resistance fighters. Some will point to Jean-Pierre Melville's grim 1969 saga Army of Shadows/L'armé des ombres, which was given its first-ever US release to extravagant praise in 2006. This particular subject was treated in the 1976 French feature L'affiche rouge.

Guédiguian's film lacks the noirish flavor of Melville or the Butch Cassidy and Sundance panache of Madsen's film; but it starts well with Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet and Robinson Stévenin as two brave young men who begin acting on their own, and later are recruited to serve a more organized cause. There were always contrasts between young upstarts and disciplined old-timers. Resistance fighters worked outside the law and sub rosa; the "shadow" army was an army of "crime." Though the phrase "Army of Crime" is a Vichy smear issued after the principals of this story were rounded up and eliminated, the resistance life always attracted rebels and outliers.

The gentle Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (Simon Abkarian) is the leader. His ballsy girlfriend Mélinée (the lovely Virginie Ledoyen) marries him and becomes a passionate supporter after his release from internment gradually turns him from peaceful propagandist to one capable of throwing a grenade into a German marching squad and taking out a dozen German soldiers (an incident neatly filmed here). He gets to know fiery young Marxist bomb-rigger Thomas Elek (Leprince-Ringuet) and swim-champion-pistol killer Marcel Rayman (Stévenin). Marcel becomes infuriated when his parents are taken away and he learns that he won't ever see them again. He begins asking one German officer after another for a light and then pulling a pistol and killing them. He's good at less close range too and gives Missak a lesson in marksmanship. Thomas blows up a Nazi literary gathering by planting a big copy of Das Kapital with a time bomb inside.

Older group leaders periodically chide the younger ones for acting independently and not maintaining cover; but it is one of the older ones who eventually names many members of the group after capture. Various group scenes, including an Armenian musical celebration with Zorba-style performances visited by a group of French cops, show that the authorities are onto the foreign communists and the rashness of one can endanger many.

We get a look at French cops called upon by German occupiers to squash the resisters. They enlist a certain Inspector Pujol ( Jean-Pierre Darroussin), who plays a dubious Judas game of informing, rounding up Jews, and gaining rapid promotion by the French Gestapo while simultaneously sympathizing with the partisans, sleeping with a Jewish girl, and doling out favors to her, including gentler treatment for her interned family members. She wants to be a partisan too, but seems destined to go the way of the anonymous protagonist of Max Färberböck's A Woman in Berlin.

The FTP-MOI throws out flyers (from above, so they won't be seen) urging the French to sabotage Vichy-run industries. Their other mission is to strike visible blows at the Nazis, assassinating major figures of the Nazis in France like General Julius Ritter.

A theme of the film is the complex bonds forged among immigrants and the loyalties among resisters. Missak , whose parents were murdered by Turks, looks upon his Parisian communist friends as his new adopted family. Marcel knows what remains of his family is only his little brother Simon (Léopold Szabatura), and so takes him everywhere; unfortunately that meant that in a raid that targets Marcel, Simon is taken away. An original touch is a homage to the young militant, Henri Krasucki (Adrien Jolivet), who took it upon himself to bring Simon back alive from the concentration camp where they were sent.

In The Army of Crime, the mix of nationalities and motivations is continually interesting and harmonizes nicely with the picture of how quite disparate individuals came together Very important also is that toward the end, Guérdiguian films sequences of the mass corralling and deportation of Jewish people by the French out of a stadium, an infamous moment that deserves to be seen as well as read about. The film is less effective in evoking strong emotion, and despite its generally favorable reception in September in France (after a Cannes summer debut), it's been criticized for a lackluster mise-en-scene. Some communist historians in France have insisted that Marcel is over-mythologized; that there was more restraint and coordination and more direct Soviet supervision than is shown. However the film's strengths remain its focus on youth and its strong ethnic and cultural mix.

This is involving, fascinating stuff, and as good an evocation of that place and time as I can think of, but it doesn't seem as personal as the other films by Guédiguian that I've seen -- The Town Is Quiet (in US theaters) and Lady Jane (SFIFF). But since he is a communist of working-class origins with an Armenian father, it may be in another sense the most personal thing he has done. Another film of his, the 2006 Armenia/Le voyage en Arménie, is about rediscovering Armenian roots.

Shown as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, March 2010.

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