Movie Army of Shadows (1969)

Watched 20110728 (Netflix, Instant) (French audio, English subtitles)
Army of Shadows (1969) Jean-Pierre Melville. 140 min [botnotsn (1943) by Joseph Kessel]
a.k.a. L'armée des ombres (original title)

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I paid attention to most of the movie, but not complete attention. I was only half watching Oceans (2009) earlier, so I have no idea what possessed me to go and start a French film which requires full attention to understand. In hindsight, I should have waited until another day to watch this movie. But what's done is done, and what I did watch I enjoyed.

The movie is slow and often feels like you're watching a documentary, only without the narration. You wait and watch how the characters deal with specific situations, usually in a simple and only slightly climatic sort of way. There is little to no action in this movie. In the end, it's nice to see a movie that is more grounded and realistic every once in a while.

In any case, the ending is dramatic, and yet not.

Yes, interesting movie.