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The Blood of Others (1984)

Le sang des autres (original title)
WWII. In German occupied Paris, Helene is torn between the love for her boyfriend Jean, working for the resistance and the German administrator Bergmann, who will do anything to gain her ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Simone de Beauvoir (based on the novel by), Brian Moore (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Foster ... Hélène
Michael Ontkean ... Jean
Sam Neill ... Bergman
Lambert Wilson ... Paul
Stéphane Audran ... Gigi
Alexandra Stewart ... Madeleine
Jean-François Balmer ... Arnaud
John Vernon ... Charles
Marie Bunel ... Yvonne
Michel Robin ... Raoul
Roger Miremont ... Marcel (as Roger Mirmont)
Christine Laurent Christine Laurent ... Denise
Kate Reid ... Madame Blomart
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Henri Blomart
Monique Mercure ... Madame Klotz
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WWII. In German occupied Paris, Helene is torn between the love for her boyfriend Jean, working for the resistance and the German administrator Bergmann, who will do anything to gain her affection. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Canada | France | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 May 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2-part Series)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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A TV movie made for the HBO network. See more »

Soundtracks

C'était écrit
Composed by Jacques Stern
Lyrics by Jack Meskill
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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When you love someone, you do things that aren't done, including making a believable film.
1 April 2009 | by jmbwithcatsSee all my reviews

Jodie Foster plays Hélène in World War II's German-occupied Paris, where she is torn between the love for her boyfriend Jean, working for the resistance and the German administrator Bergmann, who will do anything to gain her affection.

Watching Jodie Foster in the role you really see the promise and potential she showed as a young actress. Playing a young and precocious idealist, Hélène stumbles through life, never quite responsible, never quite concerned, while the war goes on around her.

Sam Neill steals the show as the brilliantly suave, sick and terrible Nazi who falls deeply in love with Hélène.

One aspect of the movie I find intriguing is the perspective. I'm used to seeing WWII films from the Jew's perspective, with Schindler's List, Holocaust, and The Story of Anne Frank and many others, and in a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern way, the bit players of the darker tales, The French are the main characters while the story of the Jews goes on in the background almost unaware. It is interesting to see the story from another angle.

In the end, The Blood of Others is the story of a girl who does the wrong things because she's young, and does the right things out of love, but what she really believes is a childish ideal, and her life, though a short one, tells the tale of small but important sacrifices made during the war effort for the resistance. The movie some what falls short in this regard, because while we feel a loss, the overall film suffers from a lack of depth and tension.


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