La Franciscain De Bourges (1968)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Religious Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Albert (Hardy Kruger) is a Franciscan monk and a medical orderly at a monastery in France. Although he is German, the kindly monk helps hide French resistance members and gives medical treatment to anyone who needs it. Albert helps two Frenchmen who escape from a Nazi prison, and he tries to maintain the delicate balance between the warring factions by helping out the afflicted and not getting involved in political ideology. This film, based on a true story from the novel by Marc Toledano, was released nearly 23 years after the end of World War II. Some students of history allege that the French resistance was a much more insignificant affair than is shown in post-war films and express great bitterness about all Franco-German collaboration during the war.

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escape, monk, Nazism, orderly, prison, resistance, war