La Verte Moisson (1959)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Heightened by an emphasis on the action scenes and good visual effects, La Verte Moisson is otherwise a fairly standard wartime tale set during the German occupation of France. A group of teen-age friends accidentally get into the resistance movement when a game they are playing turns deadly -- they need weapons to free a partisan fighter, and the only way to get them is by killing a German soldier. Once this deed is done, they are in it for better or worse, a commitment that ultimately leads to more casualties in their citizens' battle against the Germans. Claude Brasseur and Jacques Perrin are effective in their portrayal of two of the young men caught up in the resistance forces.

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freedom-fighter, killing, Nazism, occupation [military], resistance, teenagers, war