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Accusé Mendès France (2011)

A few months after the fall of France in 1940, lieutenant Pierre Mendès France is brought to the prison of Clermont-Ferrand. Arrested in Morocco for desertion by the new government forged ... See full summary »

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Laurent Heynemann
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Credited cast:
Bruno Solo Bruno Solo ... Pierre Mendès France
Jacques Spiesser Jacques Spiesser ... Le président Perré
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Le juge Leprêtre
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Maître Fonlupt
Julien Lucas Julien Lucas ... Maître Rochat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Aussedat Pierre Aussedat ... General D'Astier
Cécile Bois Cécile Bois ... Epouse lepretre
Patrice Bouret Patrice Bouret ... Albert Chichery
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Commissaire Degache
Gérard Caillaud Gérard Caillaud ... Le colonel Bailly
Emmanuel Chanal Emmanuel Chanal ... Le moel
Antoine Coesens Antoine Coesens ... Officier de base
Henry Combaud Henry Combaud ... Journaliste 2
Bernard Cupillard Bernard Cupillard ... Le colonel Lucien
Laurent D'Olce Laurent D'Olce ... Drouhet (as Laurent D'Olcé)
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A few months after the fall of France in 1940, lieutenant Pierre Mendès France is brought to the prison of Clermont-Ferrand. Arrested in Morocco for desertion by the new government forged and lead by Marshall Pétain, the former deputy prepares his defense with his lawyers, explaining why he left the country in June 1940 to North Africa on board the liner Massilia.

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France

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French

Release Date:

9 March 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le pire des crimes See more »

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Good historic/ biopic of a WWII French hero.
11 December 2011 | by R. Ignacio LitardoSee all my reviews

This French film has a few well known French actors, an excellent reconstruction of the epoch of course, and a rather unlikely hero, which makes him more believable. He's got the best lines on all occasions, but is rather plump, not young, rather short, is only accompanied by his devoted sister (no woman/ love interest in the story). In short, this is not your classical Hollywood movie about a prison escape with Nicholas Cage :).

The political-judiciary system doesn't look very well in this movie, for the dice is cast beforehand. Pierre is even accused of being a Jew, by fake witness who end up being franc masons, unmasked publicly by bright Pierre, who defends himself like a lion. Our hero is aided by the masterful Jean-Claude Dauphin, well known in the French TV for he played the top notch savvy lawyer "Serge N'Guyen" in the TV series "Avocats & associés", a French "Law and order", also with many seasons. The "bad judge" is played by Didier Bénureau, also with a long career in cinema. One thing I liked is that we see Pierre having doubts, making mistakes, loosing hope. A human hero.

The film takes place mainly in the corridors of justice and is basically his trial, but it isn't slow due do a good script.

Enjoy!


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