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  • Actors: Sophie Marceau, Deborah Francois, Julie Depardieu, Marie Gillian, Maya Sansa
  • Directors: Jean-Paul Salome
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ASPZ24
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,221 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on true events, Female Agents is a powerful, action packed World War II epic starring Sophie Marceau and Julie Depardieu. Set in Spring 1944, a five-women commando unit parachutes into occupied France on a daring and dangerous mission to protect the secret of the D-Day landings and eliminate Colonel Heindrich, Head of German counter-intelligence. Their dangerous mission to change the war becomes a desperate fight for survival.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phoober on 21 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The film is an interpretation of the history of french agents working for the SOE during WWII. It's one of very few films that covers the work of these predominantly female agents who put themselves in grave danger in order to help overcome the Nazi regime.

The Sophie Marceau character is an interpretation of the SOE agent Lise de Baissac; however it's not a true account of her time with SOE and therefore, the film is not a 'true story' based solely on facts. As it does not run completely true to historical events, don't be disappointed if you're a history buff and on watching this the inaccuracies niggle.

In my opinion, it's well acted and the storyline most engaging. No, it isn't edge of your seat action like some war films - but this is not what their story was about. They were secret agents not soldiers.

Overall, it's an excellent film for anyone interested in this period of history. It's brutal in places - but then so is what these women (and men) went through when captured. It's a story of heroism and courage - the like of which we seldom see today and it should never be forgotten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Set during the period leading up to 'D-Day' landings June 1944, this 'French' film based on true events tells the story of a group of 'Female-Agents being given the task of protecting the secret of the planned 'Normandy' landings,placing themselves in dangerous situations in 'German' occupied regions of 'France'
The film is mainly sub-titled but don't let that deter you from at least watching the film, it is, no question a damn good watch.
Superb Picture and Sound Quality.
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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Katrina-UK on 3 July 2008
Format: DVD
Based on a true story, this great film shows that in war, there are plenty of female war heroines, that people often forget about. Set in the Second World War, this film is about four extremely corageous and brave women from different backgrounds, who are employed as spies by an Intelligence and Sabotage Service overseen by Winston Churchill. A good synopsis of the film is detailed above (see Amazon Review), but then again, it does give a bit too much away.

'Female Agents' was subtitled throughout (As most of it is in French or German). I didn't find the subtitles a disadvantage, because the film wouldn't have had the same effect if it had been shown in any other way.

I was so glad I went to see this at the cinema, its one of the best films I've seen in ages, and I will definitely be watching it again when it comes out on dvd. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, especially towards the end! Highly Recommended!!
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By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
This film is first and foremost entertainment as opposed to historically accurate. I long since abandoned any notion of films tagged with 'based on a true story' claims containing anything but the slenderest of factual content as is the case with Female Agents.
A brother and sister members of the SOE (Special Operations Executive)after fleeing occupied France set out to recruit a small band of female operatives to rescue a British geologist, a patient in a German troop hospital, before his identity and mission objective is blown. The three other females are rather coerced into joinging the unit and are parachuted into France whereby they achieve their objective only to find the goalposts have shifted and its off to Paris with them to assassinate a Nazi officer before he can advise German High Command of what he is close to discovering about the proposed Allied D Day invasion.
There do follow some implausibilities and excessively reckless risk taking with a number of things going wrong for the group. It is nonetheless entertaining in a suspension of disbelief type of way and while enormous licence is taken with the bare bones of the real story underpining this film it does at least show women involved in armed attacks on the enemy which has been much ignored in the majority of films focusing on the war generally. Besides which most of the more conventional war films featuring solely male casts are equally as factually flawed perhaps without being subject to the same level of scrutiny.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Ryder on 26 Sept. 2014
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This was better than I expected, which isn't saying much as my toes were ready to curl at the first cliche. With a title as brash and stark as this, I didn't build my hopes up, good French cast or not. The French title, as another reviewer has mentioned, refers to them as 'Shadows', like the excellent 1969 Melville film 'L'Armee des Ombres', but while this would have been a better title, sadly it wouldn't have been a better film.

The strong point for me is the structure, which builds tension nicely and doesn't dwell too much on the set-up (one of the extras has the director explaining why he deleted three scenes from this early part of the film). The ladies in question are a disparate group of Frenchwomen brought together to rescue an English geologist detained in a German hospital in France. It's all to do with the planned invasion of Normandy in summer 1944 and needless to say things don't quite go to plan. There's a lot of hiding, lying and shooting packed into the 113 minutes and never a dull moment.

If action is your thing, then the above should be enough to make you want to watch it, and you won't be disappointed, but if you're expecting something along the lines of Melville, or 'Lacombe Lucien', then don't be tempted here. This is described as being based on true characters and events, but there would seem to be pretty large liberties with the truth. Yes, Buckmaster's SOE recruits were raw but they did get training before being parachuted into occupied France. If you do some basic Googling you realise that the characters and stories are a composite of many lives and many incidents, allowing the plot to involve elements of nonsense, and while the agents are more than one-dimensional they are stuck a little short of three.
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