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Section Spéciale (Special Section) (1975)





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Based on a true story, Costa-Gavras' Special Section (Section Speciale) is set in wartime France, but the parallels to contemporary political persecution are inescapable. A young German naval officer is killed in occupied Paris. The supplicative Vichy government sets about to locate the perpetrators. Four idealistic young Frenchman are arrested, tortured and slated for execution. It is clear that it doesn't matter whether they're guilty or not: the flames of totalitarianism must be stoked, even with the blood of the innocent. And it's especially convenient if the accused are thoroughly expendable in the eyes of the authorities.

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Louis Seigner
as Le garde des Sceaux Joseph Barthélémy
Michael Lonsdale
as Pierre Pucheu - le ministre de l'intérieur
Ivo Garrani
as Admiral
Henri Serre
as Delegate
Pierre Dux
as Procurator
Claude Piéplu
as President
Jean Champion
as Advocate
Yves Robert
as Bastard
Bruno Cremer
as Sampaix
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Critic Reviews for Section Spéciale (Special Section)

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The theme of "Special Section" is no less significant or instructive than its predecestors, but it allows CostaGavras less scope for his special skills.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Section Spéciale is not a masterpiece, but it is a serious, responsible, and valuable film. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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