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The Undercover War [DVD]

Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet , Arthur Dupont , Nicolas Steil    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Arthur Dupont, Judith Davis
  • Directors: Nicolas Steil
  • Writers: Nicolas Steil, Jean-Louis Schlesser
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 97.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMS0LQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Gritty psychological drama about a young man who is forced to make a life-changing choice during WWII. Leaving his German-run university after his collaborator father is murdered, 21-year-old Francois (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet) returns to his home in Luxembourg. With the country under the control of the Nazis, Francois is forced to make a choice between conscription, which means fighting the Allies on the Western Front, or joining a group of deserters hiding out in dire conditions in iron mines in the countryside. After deciding to join the resistance-led group, the previously withdrawn Francois soon finds himself having to learn the harshest of life's lessons under the most difficult of circumstances.

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This Dvd Is Brand New & Sealed - (Lx) - 2009 - Another Dvd Is Now Becoming Very Collectible & Sought After. This Dvd Is In Stock And Will Be Posted From The UK - Region 2

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Set in 1944,'The Undercover War' is a rather downbeat story of a young man's experiences in occupied Luxembourg. After his collaborator father has been killed and with a mentally disturbed mother, 21-year old Francois runs away to avoid conscription into the German Army. He is taken to a disused part of a mine, where he meets up with a small group of men. Some are evaders like himself, others deserters from the Wehrmacht - a hostile and unsavoury lot. Having spent months in the cold and damp mine, most of them suffer from illness. After some rather claustrophobic adventures in the mine itself, Francois one night follows one of the others when he leaves the mine to fetch medicines from a resistance doctor. On the way, they are challenged by German soldiers and the other man killed. Francois is hidden by the wife of a collaborator, whose desire for this younger man soon becomes apparent. He now takes over the night-runs for medicine, using every opportunity to visit the woman when her husband is out of the house. Inevitably the husband one day returns unexpectedly...

This is not a bad film, but just don't expect any fighter planes, tanks or soldiers in combat, as the cover would have you believe.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb understated classic. 14 Feb 2011
By Bobby Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
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My missus and I loved this movie. It has a close, almost claustrophobic feel to it, not suprising really seeing as how much of it is set within the confines of a mine. As much as anything else it is a film about class conflict, as the newcomer to the mine fraternity - a middle-class student - clashes with the proles already fighting their own 'underground' war. The film works as it makes the viewer imagine the moral complexities facing people in occupied Europe, under the Nazi jackboot; to resist or to collaborate. I recommend this film to people who want to see WW2 in a different way, as it is far removed from the Hollywood ideal of fighting for ideals and countries. Undercover War sees people fighting merely to stay alive until liberation. A real classy film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring but not bad 24 April 2011
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I am a big fan of WW2 movies, especially realistic ones. I also have a special interest in versions that come from non-English speaking countries since they give me a broader perspective and sides of the war, and not just the Anglo-American one (even though I enjoy many of those movies too). So I got excited when I found a WW2 movie from Luxembourg of all places. SO I decided to get it no matter what, and have it in my collection.

I was pretty disapointed though. As mentioned before, the cover has absolutelly NOTHING to do with the movie. There is practically no real action in the entire movie. So using that cover is false marketing. The movie is not bad, it's just very, very slow and pretty boring. I guess it's worth to be watched once in order to add a new side to the war. But it's not really a very memorable movie per se. Still fun though that Luxembourg has produced a WW2 movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a foreign-language subtitled drama set in Luxembourg during WW2, which aims to tell one of the 'secret stories' of the war. Young men were conscripted into the German army and sent to fight on the Eastern front. Their only escape was to go into hiding, which often meant that their families were penalised instead.
'The Undercover War' follows the experience of one such young man who comes from a professional family in a small town. His engineer father is loathed by most locals for collaborating with the Nazis -- but believes he has done the right thing to safeguard his family. When the Resistance act against the father and the young man can no longer stomach attending a German university, he must go underground, literally, into hiding with a motley crew inside an old mine.

What follows is a subtle and understated exploration of his relationships with the other inmates; refugees and communists, an old rival and an assortment of hostile co-conspirators who neither like nor trust him. The Liberation is but weeks away but even so this cannot save all the men in hiding, as claustrophobia and paranoia get the better of them. Moral dilemmas face the hero as he is confronted by violence and distrust -- and clings to simple human contact in response. As the situation fragments so he loses his family, his social contact, his friends and even his freedom, and in the end must decide whether to sacrifice himself to save the others in hiding.

Filmed on what must have been a modest budget, this subtitled, slow-burn drama doesn't quite manage to bring home its core message with any real impact. The performances veer between low-key and over-the-top, although a couple of the supporting actors put in good turns (especially the cuckolded husband).
It's certainly not an action-adventure war movie as the cover seems to suggest.
Worth watching for fans of international arts cinema and hardcore WW2 historians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly Cover for a quite quiet movie 25 Oct 2013
The cover is more than misleading, it has nothing to do at all with the movie. There really is no "undercover war" going on in this movie, as the anti-fascist Resistance in Luxembourg did not fight in a way, which Hollywood prefers to show on screen (no spectacular hits on Nazi-Officers, no big gunfights). Also the title "draft-dodgers" does not seem quite right to me, as there was no legal draft by a legal government in nazi-occupied Luxembourg. The young men were forced to fight in the Wehrmacht, the only other option was for them to be shot as "deserters" and for their family to be deported to Germany or to another eastern european territory occupied by the Wehrmacht.
Resistance was mostly limited to gathering information, to help shot down Allied pilots to get back to England or to hide the "drafted" boys in forests or old mines.
That is, what this movie is trying to depict.
This being said, it still is no excellent movie, but it is watchable and at least it has no cliché heroics in it. Realistic understatment is a formula, that could describe this movie.
In Luxembourg itself it had no big success at all, mostly because the producers chose to shoot the movie in French instead in the countries language Luxembourgish. Choosing French as the movies language really made no sense at all to the public, as it was and still is a foreign language to Luxembourgers (even though they learn it at school and use it in all things related to government) and telling a (sensitive) part of "national" history in a language that does not fit the characters nor the time period seems absurd and ironic. In fact, the Resistance fought for the preservation of the language too, which the Nazis tried to eradicate or to replace by German.
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