(aka 'Triple agent')
France / Greece / Italy / Russia / Spain 2004
Slow paced, and using a lot of dialogue, this film demands an attentive viewing. Decidedly, not recommended for people in a haste, wishing for a short respite between work and home. This film is Art, and History. Selected Pathé News reels from the period preceding World War 2 give us the context in which evolves a "White Russian" officer and his "Greek refugee" wife, living in Paris before, and during Nazi occupation. Is he a right-wing Russian, playing for the Nazis against a Communist France? Is he an underground agent of the Soviets, not opening his game even to affiliated communist friends? Is he a Nazi duping everyone else, as his wife once suspects? Is she as innocent as she tells, or is she a knowing part of her husband's triple spying schemes, or at least part of it? Spying is a question of technology, and that is shown in the end of the film, though the degree of technology used before our times of satellites seem ludicrous, but were terrific then. Spying is mostly a question of Humint (acronym for human intelligence), yesterday as today. French director Rohmer gives a master lesson in politics, History, human behaviour, love, and intelligence for all cinema lovers, based on true facts not fully explained even to this day. Highly recommended to spies of all colours, too - and they are legion...
Theatrical Release: February 13th, 2004 - Berlin Film Festival
DVD Review: Blaq Out - Region 2 - PAL
Thanks to Nick Wrigley for the screen captures!
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|Distribution||Blaq Out Video - Region 2 - PAL|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
|Audio||French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby), French (Dolby Digital 3.0 Dolby)|
|Subtitles||English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and None|
This is another fine disc from Blaq Out. Decent image, vibrant colors, tight lines, great contrast, a host of well-done subtitle options, excellent menus and a bonus interview as an extra feature (also subtitled). Only thing missing is a Rohmer commentary. I look forward to more releases from these guys and give this DVD out of .
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