THE ARMY OF CRIME
- THE ARMY OF CRIME
- (L’ARMÉE DU CRIME)
- 2009, Robert Guédiguian, France, 139 min.
- With Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen
"Gripping historical mosaic...ARMY OF CRIME is a passionate act of remembrance."
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"A solid, spellbinding drama."
—Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
Best known for his tales of proletarian Marseilles, French Armenian director Guédiguian (MARIUS AND JEANNETTE) broadens his scope to tell the true story of a band of French World War II resistance fighters, led by Armenian poet Missak Manouchian and composed mainly of Communists, immigrants, and Jews disdained by many of their countrymen. The film invokes Melville's ARMY OF SHADOWS (including its title) and Rossellini's OPEN CITY, but Guédiguian's close attention to class and ethnic specificities imbues THE ARMY OF CRIME with a distinctively concrete humanism. In French with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Kino International. 35mm. (MR)