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Resistance (2011)

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In 1944 a group of women in an isolated Welsh village wake up to discover all of the their husbands have mysteriously vanished.



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Credited cast:
... Sarah
... Tommy Atkins
... George
... Steiner (as Alexander Doetsch)
... Albrecht
... Bethan
... Bernhardt (as Stanislav Ianevski)
... Sebald
... Tom Lewis
... Russian Partisan (voice)
... Sian
... Helen Roberts
... Maggie
... George's Father
... German Soldier


In 1944, the D-Day for the invasion of Normandy by the Allies has failed and Europe has not been released from the German forces. The men of an isolated Welsh village disappear and their wives believe that they have joined the resistance and soon German soldiers arrive at the village. The farmer Sarah Lewis and the German Commander Albrecht befriend to each other along the year. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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25 November 2011 (UK)  »

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W cieniu wroga  »

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The setting of the novel and the film is The Olchon, a real valley in the Welsh borders. See more »


Venetian Boat Song
[from "Songs without words, Op. 19, No. 6 in G Minor"]
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Recorded at British Grove Studios
Solo Piano performed by Fiona Dalzell
Engineer: Martin Hollis
Assistant Engineer: Joe Kearns
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As all the best war movies are, this is....
21 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

... an anti-war movie from its first moments.

Owen Sheers, author of the novel on which the movie was based, was raised in the valleys where the movie is filmed, and heard about the training for local resistance cells to be activated in the event of invasion. He could predict the likely responses of the people there, and this, perhaps, is what gives the characters their silent, enduring truth.

An alternate-history WW2 movie in which D-Day was anticipated correctly by the Germans and the USA didn't (apparently) enter the war, 'Resistance' joins 'The Last Valley' and 'Midnight Clear' as a psychological double-act of both exploring and exposing war. It's a haunting and intimate look at war as an act committed - or not - by individuals rather than nations, with unspoken combat ongoing between individuals and their own values, their own allegiances, their own communities.

A film that sticks in your head and heart when far more active war films have blurred into one amorphous mass of explosions and blood.

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