The Army Of Crime
Filmfest 2009

Paris, 1941. The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for freedom. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS General, eventually reaches Berlin. Under the orders of the Gestapo, French police and collaborators hound Manouchian and his Résistants until, to escape torture, one of their associates denounces the whole group. After a show trial, the twenty-three heroes are brought to face a firing squad... Missak Manouchian insisted that his group should be of every nationality, religion and class. These young men and women had only one thing in common: the desire to defeat fascism. Paris had been the German Army's playground. It became the 'invisible front' of the Second World War. STUDIOPLUS

tags: Feature film

Cast: Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian, Robinson Stévenin, Jean-Pierre Darroussain, Lola Naymark

Credits

Director: Robert Guédiguian