Female Agents (Les Femmes de l’ombre) is a 2008 French historical drama film directed and written by Jean-Paul Salomé and Laurent Vachaud, and starring Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Marie Gillain,Déborah François, and Moritz Bleibtreu,
In May 1944, a group of French servicewomen and resistance fighters are enlisted into the British Special Operations Executive commando group under the command of Louise Desfontaines and her brother Pierre. Their mission, to rescue a British army geologist caught reconnoitering the beaches at Normandy, and to kill a German SS colonel who is close to figuring out the imminent secret of D-Day, proves to be emotional and brutal. The story is inspired by the accomplishments of decorated SOE agent Lisé de Baissac.
The film will be shown in French with English subtitles. Refreshments and a discussion in French and English will follow the film. This is a great opportunity to practice your French.
You can also come to our French Author Event on Tuesday, May 24 at 12:30 pm, where Dr. Monique Saigal will be our special guest to present and sign her book French Heroines 1940-1945: Courage, Strength and Ingenuity. This autobiography tells her story as a Jewish child hidden during WW11. For more information on this event, click here.
And if you are interested in learning about women who had a strong impact on the history of France, you can join us for our Workshop on June 1st. Click here for more details and to register.