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Female Agents (Les Femmes de l'ombre)

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Les Femmes de l'ombre
Cinema poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé
Release Date 2008
Language French
Studio Les Chauves-Souris
Main Cast
Character Actor
Louise Desfontaines Sophie Marceau
Jeanne Faussier Julie Depardieu
Suzy Desprez Marie Gillain
Gaëlle Lemenech Déborah François
Karl Heindrich Moritz Bleibtreu
Maria Luzzato Maya Sansa
Pierre Desfontaines Julien Boisselier
Eddy Vincent Rottiers
Lieutenant Becker Volker Bruch
Melchior Robin Renucci

Female Agents (original: Les Femmes de l'ombre) is a 2008 French film about female resistance fighters in the Second World War. In 1944, a member of the French Resistance, Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) flees to London after her husband's summary execution. She is recruited by the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Maurice Buckmaster (Colin David Reese), a British agent, gives her a special assignment - a English scientist, (Conrad Cecil), working with weapons research has been captured by Axis forces and is being held in a French hospital. Louise is ordered to put together a team of female and assist maquisards led by her brother Pierre (Julien Boisselier) to find the scientist and smuggle him to safety before he can be forced to tell Nazi intelligence what he knows. Louise's band of heroines includes Gaelle Lemenech (Déborah François), who knows about demolition; Jeanne Faussier (Julie Depardieu), a streetwalker more interested in her own survival than the future of France; Suzy Desprez (Marie Gillain), a nightclub entertainer who was romantically involved with a German officer and Maria Luzzato (Maya Sansa), a Jewish-Italian radio operator and and the final member of the team. The women parachute into Normandy and the mission begins well, but there are soon complications. Their SOE bosses give the women a new, almost suicidal objective: they must move on to Paris to eliminate Colonel Heindrich (Moritz Bleibtreu), the head of Nazi counter-intelligence, who has gleaned too much information about the upcoming landings. Female Agents was inspired by the true story of Lise Villameur, who served with French resistance forces during the Second World War.

The following weapons were used in the film Female Agents (Les Femmes de l'ombre):


FN Model 1900

Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) uses an FN Model 1900 pistol, which is also used by Gaëlle Lemenech (Déborah François).

FN Model 1900, .32 ACP
Sophie Marceau-FN Model 1900.jpg
The suppressor is, contrary to its appearance, mounted correctly. The Model 1900's barrel is on the bottom of the slide, rather than the top like most handguns.

MAB Model D

Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) opens a door with a MAB Model D in her hand.

MAB Model D Type I - .32 ACP

Browning Hi-Power

Pierre Desfontaines (Julien Boisselier) uses a Browning HP pistol.

Browning Hi Power with "Beer Can" adjustable sights - 9x19mm
FA BrowningHP2.jpg

Colt M1911A1 pistol

Jeanne Faussier (Julie Depardieu) and Eddy (Vincent Rottiers) use a M1911A1 pistol.

War time issued (WWII) Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 acp
Vincent Rottiers-M1911.jpg

Beretta M1934

Suzy Deprez (Marie Gillain) and Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) use a Beretta M1934 pistol.‎

Beretta M1934

Unique Bcf-66

Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) in action at the station pulls a suppressed Unique Bcf-66 pistol. This gun's appearance in a WWII setting in anachronistic.

Unique Bcf-66 - .380 ACP

Colt Model 1903/1908

Maria Luzzato (Maya Sansa) is armed with a Colt Model 1903/1908 pistol. This weapon is also seen in Jeanne Faussier´s (Julie Depardieu) hand.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 ACP

FN Model 1910

An FN Model 1910 is seen in a weapons cache seized from a maquisard hideout, along with an [M1911A1]] and Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolvers.

FN Model 1910 with wood grips - .380 ACP
Col. Heindrich (Moritz Bleibtreu) views weapons discovered by the Gestapo.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Smith & Wesson Victory Model‎‎

Luger P08

A German NCO holds a Luger P08 pistol during a firefight with the maquisards.

Luger P08 pistol - 9x19mm Parabellum

Walther PP pistol

Standartenführer SS Karl Heindrich (Moritz Bleibtreu) carries a Walther PP pistol.

Walther PP

Walther P38

Lieutenant Becker (Volker Bruch) can be seen with a Walther P38 pistol.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm

Submachine guns

Sten Mk II

Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau), her brother Pierre (Julien Boisselier), and other maquisards use a Sten Mk II submachine guns.

Sten Mk II Submachine gun - 9x19mm

Sophie Marceau-Sten .jpg
Julien Boisselier-Sten.jpg
Eddy (Vincent Rottiers), with a machine gun in hand, leads the captured German soldier.


German MP40 submachine guns are used by German soldiers and members of the resistance.

Jeanne Faussier (Julie Depardieu) downs a "Boche" (German) with an German submachine gun.‎
An SS man part of an escort is armed with a submachine gun.‎
German military police patrol with MP40 submachine guns on slings.


Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T)

Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) uses a Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) rifle to cover her husband at the station.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) - .303 British
View from the side.
The distinctive front sight of the No. 4 can be seen in this screenshot.

MAS-36 Sporterized

For the action in the subway, Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) uses a suppressed Sporterized MAS-36 rifle with a scope.

Sporterized MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French

Louise and Melchior (Robin Renucci) inspect a "sporterized" MAS-36 sniper rifle.
Louise in the subway shootout with her sniper rifle.

M43 Spanish Mauser

The German soldiers can be seen with a M43 Spanish Mauser rifle.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Machine guns

MG 34

A German soldier in the sidecar of a motorcycle is armed with an MG 34 machine gun.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Belt-fed.

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