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An Officer and a Spy (2019)

J'accuse (original title)
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In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's island.


Roman Polanski


Robert Harris (original novel), Robert Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Colonel Georges Picquart
Louis Garrel ... Alfred Dreyfus
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Pauline Monnier
Grégory Gadebois ... Henry
Hervé Pierre Hervé Pierre ... Général Gonse (as Hervé Pierre de la Comédie Française)
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Général Mercier
Didier Sandre Didier Sandre ... Général Boisdeffre (as Didier Sandre de la Comédie Française)
Melvil Poupaud ... Maître Labori
Eric Ruf Eric Ruf ... Sandherr (as Eric Ruf de la Comédie Française)
Mathieu Amalric ... Bertillon
Laurent Stocker ... Général de Pellieux (as Laurent Stocker de la Comédie Française)
Vincent Perez ... Maître Leblois (as Vincent Pérez)
Michel Vuillermoz Michel Vuillermoz ... Du Paty de Clam (as Michel Vuillermoz de la Comédie Française)
Vincent Grass ... Général Billot
Denis Podalydès ... Maître Demange (as Denis Podalydès de la Comédie Française)
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In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's island.

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another view of the Dreyfus case
14 December 2019 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

More than 120 years after the events, the Dreyfus case seems to never die. The story of the Jewish officer wrongfully convicted of espionage on the basis of false accusations is reminded every time the honesty, integrity or patriotism of the Jews who choose to live in the Diaspora are questioned. The anti-Semitic slogans propagated by the anti-Dreyfus press and chanted by the angry crowds then are reminded whenever the conspiracy theories bring the Jews to the center of current events. It is not forgotten that one of the side effects of the Dreyfus case was the emergence of the Zionist movement in Europe, which led half a century later to the founding of the State of Israel. Finally, France, the country of democracy and humanism, continues to keep the Dreyfus case as one of its defining moments, a historical warning about the dangers of prejudice and hatred towards strangers that can haunt the most enlightened society. Roman Polanski's 'J'Accuse' is a the latest film tin a series of cinematographic creations that have kept alive the memory and the interest for that moment which refuses to be buried in the oblivion of history.

The main hero of this version is not Dreyfus (played by Louis Garrel) who is little on screen and permanently in the background of the action, but is otherwise presented rather schematically and not in the most positive light. In the center of attention is Georges Picquart (played by Jean Dujardin), the officer who brought to public notice the anti-Semitic conspiracy and the judicial framing that led to Dreyfus's first conviction. His actions and his fight against public opinion, his superiors and a good part of the French political class saved the honor of France and of the army to which he and Dreyfus had dedicated their lives and careers. Far from being a schematic character, Picquart is represented as a complex man of his period, brave and idealistic on one hand, but not without prejudices and personal problems on the other. The titles of the film inform us that the related facts happened in reality, but we must still bear in mind that this is a version of the story based on a novel. Robert Harris's and Roman Polanski's version of the Dreyfus case.

Jean Dujardin's acting seemed exceptional to me. This actor continues to amaze me with each of his new films through the combination of talent and immersion in the roles he plays, with his charisma and personal charm. Of the rest of the distribution I especially notice Mathieu Amalric , another of my favorites. The editing is well filmed, the story runs flawlesly, in the style of classical cinema. It looks like Polanski wanted to make a sober film, in which the emotion derives from the actions of the characters. If we chose to put aside all the disputes regarding the person and the director's past, what we see on screen is a historical film about a crucial moment in the history of France and Europe, made and acted with respect and professionalism.

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13 November 2019 (France) See more »

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