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Réfractaire (2009)

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May 1944. A young man just out of college returns to his hometown in Luxembourg. Refusing to fight on the German side, he chooses a clandestine life and joins other deserters in an abandoned mine.


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Credited cast:
Pierre Niney ... Armand
Arthur Dupont ... Théo
Guillaume Gouix ... René
Swann Arlaud ... Ady
Judith Davis Judith Davis ... Lou
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... François
Luc Feit Luc Feit ... Gestapiste
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Malou
Carlo Brandt ... Jacques
André Jung André Jung ... Professeur nazi
Yoann Denaive Yoann Denaive ... Enrico
Thierry van Werveke Thierry van Werveke ... Edouard
Hervé Sogne Hervé Sogne ... Schupo 2
Michel Voïta ... Pierrot
Pierre Derenne Pierre Derenne ... Albert


May 1944. A young man just out of college returns to his hometown in Luxembourg. Refusing to fight on the German side, he chooses a clandestine life and joins other deserters in an abandoned mine.

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Luxembourg | Switzerland



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5 June 2009 (Luxembourg) See more »

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Draft Dodgers See more »

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Luxembourg's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

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Not what it appears to be...
24 April 2013 | by natashabowiepinkySee all my reviews

First of all, the front cover of the DVD depicts planes, tanks and soldiers battling it out in a glorious spectacle. NONE of this high-octane stuff appears in the final product, which is a far more sedate affair.

It revolves around a rich kid, who joins the resistance in his local neighbourhood during World War II, and ends up underground with a bunch of nutcases. Just when you think the film will be centred around these dirty, smelly mentally-deficient dudes slowly cracking under close quarters, things take another twist when our errant hero falls in love with the wife of a Nazi sympathiser, before discovering the boss of his cell has been killed by a gun-crazed colleague. DRAMA!!

The whole thing never leaps off the screen, it's just 'there', with precious little attempt to let us get to know any of the protagonists, and an abrupt ending that relies on someone making such a stupid decision he might as well have stuck his head in a lion's mouth.

It is amusing to note though, that this budget DVD from That's Entertainment has no indication that it's a Luxembourg/Switzerland production with subtitles, and this combined with the misleading, action-packed front cover will have scores of Call Of Duty chavs reaching for their receipts faster then when they grab their benefit cheques at the Post Office for 'depression'. Oops, getting a bit off track there... 5/10

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