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by Nicolas Steil


François is 21 and lives in a small country that has just been annexed by Nazi Germany. His father, a collaborator of the fascist regime, has forced him to attend the German university. But François has committed a first act of disobedience: he has left this place which professes racial hatred. Now he is faced with a Cornelian dilemma: become a “forced recruit” and leave for the Russian front to fight the Allies or become a “Refractory” and hide down a mine for months on end without seeing the sunlight, in the cold and damp, with the Liberation as his only hope.

original title: Réfractaire
country: Luxembourg, Switzerland
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Nicolas Steil
release date: FR 10/11/2010
screenplay: Nicolas Steil, Jean-Louis Schlesser
cast: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Guillaume Gouix, Marianne Basler, Thierry van Werveke, Michel Voïta, Carlo Brandt, Charles Muller, Marc Olinger
cinematography by: Denis Jutzeler
art director: Christina Schaffer
costumes designer: Uli Simon
producer: Nicolas Steil, Gérard Ruey
production: Iris Productions, CAB Productions
distributor: Albany Films distribution
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