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  • Actors: Michael Sheen, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wlaschiha, Kimberly Nixon, Iwan Rheon
  • Directors: Amit Gupta
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Group
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0063HG382
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,185 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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D-Day has failed and Britain is under Nazi occupation. Following on from its acclaimed cinema release, RESISTANCE comes to DVD and Blu Ray in March.
Sarah Lewis (Andrea Riseborough), a 26-year-old farmer's wife, awakes one morning to find that her husband has disappeared along with all the men in the valley. Assuming they have joined the Resistance, the women of this tiny community pull together, taking on the running of the farms, and wait, desperate for news. A German patrol arrives in the valley, the purpose of its mission a mystery. When a severe winter forces the two groups into co-operation, Sarah begins an acquaintance with the patrol's commanding officer, Albrecht (Tom Wlaschiha). Cut off from the surrounding war, the lines between collaboration, duty, occupation and survival become blurred.
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Owen Sheers, RESISTANCE features sensational lead performances from British rising star Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock, Made In Dagenham) and Tom Wlaschiha (Enemy At The Gates, Valkyrie, Brideshead Revisited), and co-stars Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Damned United).

Reviews:
Andrea Riseborough delivers a career-defining performance - Dylan Jones, GQ
A haunting , elegant film about love, loss and what we'll do to survive **** - Empire

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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Based on a novel, this 'what if' historical thriller is set in an alternative 1944 where Britain has been invaded by the Nazis. London has fallen; Birmingham and Manchester are under siege, and German troops are moving through the Welsh valleys to seek out and steal hidden artworks and artefacts. Meanwhile, the men from one valley have left their farms and fields, gone to join the fight, without a word to the women they have left behind to face the Germans and somehow run the farms.

A small party of German soldiers is detached to the area, and their thoughtful, war-weary officer senses an opportunity for a quieter life in rural Wales, away from the brutality of the eastern front. Although his men receive a hostile reception from the women, they gradually become accustomed to each other, and the delineation between cooperation, confrontation and collaboration becomes blurred with increasing familiarity and the simple, shared tasks of day to day life.
With a brilliant set-up like that, this should have been a stunning film. Instead it's curiously stilted and muffled. Iwan Rheon puts in an excellent performance as a young lad indoctrinated to be a resistance fighter, no matter what the personal cost. But his mentor, played by Michael Sheen, makes only a few strangely stunted appearances, and the German characters -- commanding officer apart -- are scarcely given the opportunity to rise above two-dimensional caricatures.
The miserly special features (three miniscule mini-docs and a commentary; no subtitles) reveal part of the problem. Resistance on DVD runs to less than an hour and a half and the book is far longer, and the behind the scenes footage shows that whole story arcs, characters and important scenarios have been hacked out from the final edit.
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Resistance is a most frustrating film based on the first novel of
the same name by Owen Sheers, and directed by Amit Gupta.

The biggest difficulty for me was the disconnect between what we
know happened and what might have happened had the Nazi's actually
invaded Britain.
Set in 1944, we have to assume that the D-Day landings have failed
and that the UK is under the occupation of Hitler's regime.
The film opens with the women of a small Welsh farming community
finding that all of their men folk have disappeared. As the film
unfolds, we learn that the men have gone to join the British
Resistance. Michael Sheen in what seems more like a cameo performance
rather than a full role, plays Tommy Atkins a resistance leader, who
is mentoring George (Iwan Rheon) a young resistance messenger about
his duties.
Captain Albrecht (Tom Wlaschiha) is a young German officer exhausted
from the Russian Front and now seeking a quiet life keeping order in
the Welsh valley. Sarah (Andrea Riseborough) in the role of shocked
farmers wife, with a totally expressionless face throughout, plays
the female lead.

As the film unfolds, we learn that Albrecht is a Medievalist and has
been sent to steal art treasures for the Reich. He stumbles across the
famous Mappa Mundi from Hereford Cathedral which has been hidden in a
cave, he shows it to Sarah who seems unimpressed.
The film tries to convey something of the difference between cooperation
and collaboration with the local populace and the invading army, but I
feel that it fails miserably in that the Director leaves his viewers
with little substance.
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Very thought provoking film, beautifully shot on traditional "film" not digital cameras. My only criticism is that it seemed to be a victim of some ruthless editing in parts- some plot lines did not make sense- and ( from the "making of the film" material) some major scenes cut. The lovely Kimberley Nixon didn't end up with any spoken lines!
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What a shame. An excellent cast wasted in this film. An opportunity lost. If you haven't read the book, then you will not know what it's all about. The script has been pared down too much and subsequently all dramatic effect is lost.
I would really like to give a better rating because as I say, the cast is good but the direction, in my view, is just too minimalist.
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I bought this dvd after only seeing the trailer--- I hadn't read the reviews[big mistake].The dvd portrayed itself as a 'resistance struggle' when German soldiers come to occupy a village in Wales,after invading England in WW2[ in some strange universe].Well it sounded a little different--so I tried it.WHAT A BIG MISTAKE!!!.The story is SO SLOW and SO BORING that you would be completely forgiven for falling asleep.What was the purpose of this dvd,please?At least going by the title I would have expected a little more ,shall we say,---RESISTANCE!!!! Take no notice either of the picture on the front----the' flames' are not even part of the story in the village.Also I know this is probably going to go down like a lead balloon BUT---'-collaborating' animals????!!![you'll have to have watched to understand]The story of supposed co-operation between the German soldiers and the women of the village when times get tough for them all---didn't work,sorry.What on earth is Michael Sheen doing in this?You don't hardly see him and to show him as a' main' actor is completely wrong----so why bother.[it only goes to further my thoughts that some people will do ANYTHING for a' dollar'].The ending is also a little odd----but that just keeps in with the rest of the film.I am very sorry to say---another waste of time and a waste of another hour1/2 of my precious life.WILL I EVER LEARN??
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