RESISTANCE: 1942 is a well-crafted, captivating story of faith and perseverance set in Nazi-occupied France. Jacques is a French pastor using a radio to give messages of hope to the Resistance. He and his teenage daughter, Juliet, are hiding in an attic from the Nazis with several people, including a Jewish couple. However, the Nazis discover their hiding place, and they’re forced to run. A wealthy banker protects them at his villa, where they pose as his servants. Pastor Jacques continues to broadcast from the villa. However, the Germans are closing in, and everyone’s life is on the line. Tensions rise when the new commandant joins them for dinner, unannounced.
RESISTANCE: 1942 is a exciting World War II movie. The jeopardy is intense. The set design is extremely authentic, and the direction is powerful. Also, the movie presents a positive, hopeful view of the Gospel in the face of National Socialist, atheist malevolence. It reveals the darkness of mankind and the hope of Jesus Christ. RESISTANCE: 1942 is a very entertaining, powerful movie. Caution is advised for children because of the movie’s intensity.
(CCC, BBB, ACACAC, VV, A, D, M):
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, moral worldview fighting against National Socialist atheist evil
No foul language
Some intense scenes of violence, several characters are shot, wounded, stabbed and killed, men are tortured for information
No nudity Alcohol Use/Abuse: Alcohol use but no drunkenness
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Smoking, but no drugs;
Covert activity, trying to mislead Nazis without lying, Nazi cruelty, German commandant talks about the superiority of Germans, German doctor talks about experiments to remove or improve lesser humans.
RESISTANCE: 1942, a Kairos Pro prize-winning script, is a meticulously crafted, entertaining, captivating, and jeopardy-filled story about a French pastor named Jacques who uses a radio to give messages of hope and faith to the Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France in 1942.
The movie opens with Jacques’ daughter, Juliet, unlocking a secret door to go into a basement to turn on a radio transmitter. She hears her father giving a message of hope to the Resistance throughout France. He times his message so it’s too brief for the Germans to triangulate the signal.
When Juliet returns to work, a young Nazi has his eye on her. She goes home to a hidden attic loft where her father, a Jewish couple, another man are hiding from the Nazis. The Jewish man is extremely upset that she didn’t make enough money to get them papers to leave the country and debates trying to escape with his sick wife on his own.
The next time Juliet goes to work, the young Nazi follows her and discovers the radio transmitter. The young Nazi tries to capture her and alert Nazi troops throughout the city to chase her. She escapes into the office of a wealthy banker named Andre, who makes his money converting German stolen goods into cash. Andre decides to hide Juliet, who reminds him of his own daughter.
Juliet goes to Andre, and he agrees to help her get food for her father and the rest of the people hiding with them. However, the Nazis discover their hiding place, and they’re all forced to run. Andre takes them to his seaside villa, where he employs them as servants in the house to keep them hidden and provide them with food and safety. Juliet’s father, Jacques, keeps broadcasting.
A new German commandant is determined to catch Jacques, and he ridicules the French police for not being able to capture him. Eventually, the Germans triangulate the signal to Andre’s house.
Andre is pressured to host a party for Nazi officers in the town that he lives and with whom he does banking. The commandant joins them for dinner, unannounced. As a doctor talks about experimenting on Jews, tensions rise among the hidden Jews, Jacques and his daughter. Will any of the freedom fighters survive? Will Jacques’ message reach the ears of the resistance before it is too late?
RESISTANCE: 1942 is a very exciting World War II movie. The jeopardy is intense, and it presents a positive, hopeful view of the Gospel in the face of National Socialist, atheist malevolence. It reveals the darkness of mankind and the hope of Jesus Christ. It’s a powerful movie with only one caution. As a war movie, it will be too intense for children. The set design is extremely authentic. The direction is powerful. The acting is reminiscent of 1940s war movies. RESISTANCE: 1942 captures the look and feel of the 1940s in a thrilling, captivating way. Bravo!
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