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The Mole - Josée Dayan - France

The Mole (France, 2008) by Eurochannel



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The Mole (Marie-Octobre, 2008)

Director: Josée Dayan
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Xavier Beauvois, Samuel Labarthe
Genre: Thriller
Length: 97’


In the cloak of post-war shadows, where echoes of treachery reverberate through the corridors of history, where loyalty and betrayal dance in a clandestine waltz… We premiere The Mole.

In the shadows of post-war intrigue and clandestine alliances, the French film The Mole, directed by Josée Dayan, unfolds a riveting tale that plunges the audience into the labyrinth of secrets. This suspenseful masterpiece is a reimagining of the classic film "Marie-Octobre" by Julien Duvivier.

The narrative is set in the aftermath of World War II, a time when the echoes of wartime secrets still reverberate through the lives of ten former resistance fighters. As the curtain rises, the stage is set for an intense reunion organized by the enigmatic Marie-Hélène Dumoulin, known under her pseudonym "Marie-Octobre" and brilliantly portrayed by Nathalie Baye.

Ten years after the liberation of Paris, these war-weary comrades gather under the guise of nostalgia and camaraderie. However, beneath the surface lies a clandestine agenda that propels the plot into a whirlwind of suspense. Marie-Octobre, the orchestrator of this clandestine assembly, drops a bombshell revelation during the gathering: a traitor among them had betrayed their leader, Castille, to the Germans, sealing his tragic fate.

The living room, the stage for this high-stakes drama, becomes a pressure cooker as the once-unbreakable bonds of friendship are put to the test. Each member of the group is thrust into the spotlight, suspected of being the elusive mole who had wreaked havoc on their resistance network.

The tension builds with every passing moment as the characters grapple with their shared past and the looming specter of betrayal. Josée Dayan's direction, akin to a maestro conducting a symphony, uses circular and concentric camera movements to amplify the suffocating atmosphere of the closed session. The characters, trapped within the confines of their shared history, are brought to life with a depth that transcends the screen.

The quest for the mole becomes a riveting psychological thriller, a real-life game of chess where the stakes are not just reputations but the lives of those who once stood shoulder to shoulder in the face of adversity. The palpable suspense lingers in the air, and the viewers are left guessing until the final revelation.

As Marie-Octobre leads the charge in unmasking the traitor, the film becomes a gripping exploration of loyalty, betrayal, and the enduring scars of war. The unraveling of secrets and the shocking climax leave an indelible mark on the audience, making The Mole a timeless piece of cinematic brilliance.

A former resistance group reconvenes a decade after World War II to root out the mole among them, the one that betrayed their former leader and led him to his demise.

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