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Female Agents (2008)

Les femmes de l'ombre (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, War | 5 March 2008 (France)
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London, 1944: SOE's section for French ops parachute 4 women into France, plus a woman there, to free an English geologist and kill SS colonel Heindrich.


Jean-Paul Salomé
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Marceau ... Louise Desfontaines
Julie Depardieu ... Jeanne Faussier
Marie Gillain ... Suzy Desprez
Déborah François ... Gaëlle Lemenech
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Karl Heindrich
Maya Sansa ... Maria Luzzato
Julien Boisselier ... Pierre Desfontaines
Vincent Rottiers ... Eddy
Volker Bruch ... Lieutenant Becker
Robin Renucci ... Melchior
Xavier Beauvois ... Claude Granville
Colin David Reese ... Colonel Maurice Buckmaster
Jurgen Mash Jurgen Mash ... Gerd Von Rundstedt
Conrad Cecil ... Le géologue anglais
Alexandre Jazede 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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Drama | War


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The action in the film is set in spring 1944, on the eve of the Normandy Landings. The decision to invade was taken at the Tehran conference (28th November - 1st December, 1943) and technical planning began in January 1944, which didn't leave the Allies much time to prepare. On the German side, there was no doubt that the Allies intended to land in north-western Europe. Hitler himself sensed that invasion was imminent in November 1943 and demanded that work on fortifying the coastline around Calais and Normandy be speeded up. 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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Good Thriller with little historical value
5 August 2010 | by Clays13See all my reviews

I started watching this movie rather sceptical, because I was expecting a french patriotism flick, since french history usually gives you the impression that the whole of France was in "La Resistance". But I have to say, that I was surprised about the interpretation of occupied France. The story is well written, the actors fit the roles mostly (I love Moritz Bleibtreu but an SS officer doesn't really suit him in my opinion) and they do a good job. Overall a good thriller set in the Third Reich. The true core of the story is of course really small. The events presented in the movie didn't take place. But its good entertainment.

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Release Date:

5 March 2008 (France) See more »

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Box Office


EUR17,123,930 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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