1942, and France is occupied by the Nazi army. Philippe Gerbier (Ventura) is to all outward appearances, a civil engineer. He has a double life with the French Resistance. Betrayed by a traitor, he is imprisoned, and sets about firstly escaping, then exacting his revenge.
Thanks to the steely performances and meticulous direction, this determinedly anti-heroic account of the early days of French resistance to the Nazi Occupation is both disarmingly restrained and terrifyingly tense.
Reviewed by David Parkinson
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