Of course, there are plenty of men in the cast too — Linus Roache plays the head of the spy unit, Maurice Buckmaster, and there are male spies and resistance fighters too. But the focus here is solidly on the women and the unique challenges they faced, and rightly so. It is their story that hasn’t been told, and the challenges they faced were unique.
The script of Liberté is tight, and the direction is solid. We always know the stakes, we know the backstories of the characters, and when we get to big emotional moments, they are well earned. The action moves the plot right along, and every scene serves a function. My main regret is that a single feature film is not enough to tell all these stories properly. After seeing the film, I went and looked up the true stories of some of the women, and they did so much more than could fit into the movie. This is the kind of material that is just screaming out for a series on a streaming service.
“…an important, compelling story that had to be told.”
The acting is solid throughout, but I particularly want to single out Stana Katic. She just draws you in, and you can see the internal struggles she’s going through even when they aren’t explicitly stated. There’s an argument to be made that she should have been cast in the lead role because she’s just so strong, and looks a bit more like Virginia Hall than Sarah Megan Thomas. At the same time, it is hard to fault Sarah Megan Thomas for taking the lead role herself — she almost single-handedly willed the movie into existence.
The bottom line is that Liberté: A Call to Spy is an important, compelling story that had to be told. Through determination and grit, Sarah Megan Thomas wrote the script, found the people, and raised the money to get the story told in a compelling way. See the film. You’ll want to know more.
Liberté: A Call to Spy made its US premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it won the Anti Defamation League Stand Up award.
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