New WWII film reviewed

August 21, 2010

Peter Wong reviews Army of Crime, a new film on the French Resistance during WWII, which is running this coming week at the San Francisco Sundance Kabuki:

A riveting political thriller, Robert Guediguian’s historical drama “Army of Crime” spices the summer filmgoing season with an enthralling ensemble portrait of heroic World War Two leftist resistance. … French Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (Simon Abkarian) is given the opportunity by the Communist Party to organize a resistance cell. With his wife Melinee (Virginie Ledoyen), the poet brings together an international mix of Jews, political refugees, foreign workers, and anti-fascist veterans of the Spanish Civil War into a fighting unit.

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