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Army Of Crime (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

The taut, internationally acclaimed thriller Army of Crime is set during the early days of the French Resistance, a time when so many of the movement's leaders and foot soldiers were often foreigners—Poles, Jews, Armenians, Spaniards, Italians—who had to fear French collaborators as well as the Germans. Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (a stand-out performance by Simon Abkarian) and his French wife Mélinée (Virginie Ledoyen) lead a ragtag assortment of volunteers against the German occupiers and their French allies. Varying in their actual homelands and in their reasons for joining the struggle, the one thing that unites them is the understanding that the Nazis oppression will only increase unless it is squarely confronted. To that end, they hatch a plot to assassinate a general, and show that resistance is indeed possible, but their activity attracts the attention of the German high command, which decides to teach the French population a different kind of lesson. Directed and co-written by Robert Guédiguian (The Town Is Quiet, Marius and Jeannette).