France 2009, 139 min
French and German with English Subtitles
Starring: Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian, Robinson Stevenin, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
CHAI TEA + A MOVIE
Sunday January 23, 2011
SilverCity Richmond Hill, 8725 Yonge Street (Yonge and Hwy 7)
Tea – 4:00pm | Film – 5:00pm
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling, 416-599- 8433
Or online through the TJFF website, www.tjff.com
Tickets are also available at the door (subject to availability) $15
(Toronto) TJFF’s January Chai Tea & A Movie, Army of Crime, is a taut, revealing thriller about 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 (with 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.
Warning: violence and nudity
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