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Before he was the world-famous mime Marcel Marceau, he was Marcel Mangel, an aspiring Jewish actor who joined the French Resistance to save the lives of thousands of children orphaned at the hands of the Nazis. Jesse Eisenberg stars in this compelling drama about a group of unsung heroes who put themselves in harm's way to rise above hatred and oppression during World War II. As a young man growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, Marcel has no intention of getting involved in the war - his pursuits include impersonating Charlie Chaplin in burlesque clubs, painting backdrops for his plays, and antagonizing his obstinate father. His life is thrown into upheaval when he is recruited into the French Resistance, putting his acting skills to the ultimate test in teaching orphaned Jewish children how to survive in the horrifying reality of the Holocaust. Based on the inspiring true story, RESISTANCE follows the revolutionary tale of a selfless act that would forever change countless lives.


  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Clémence Poésy
  • Félix Moati
  • Vica Kerekes
  • Matthias Schweighöfer
  • Géza Röhrig
  • Ed Harris
  • Bella Ramsey
  • Martha Issová
  • Karl Markovics

Did You Know?


  • This is the real story of Marcel Marceau's days in the French Resistance.


  • When the group crossed the border from French to Switzerland it was Montriond France. Not Montriand .
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Mar 26, 2020

Though Marceau's artistic ideals are central to the film, Resistance happily avoids novelty, making its hero one credible human among many in a wartime tale that, though largely familiar in its feel, dramatizes a question that has become urgent for many in recent years: How does one best resist hatred — by fighting its proponents, or rushing to assist its targets?

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 26, 2020

You should approach Resistance as a fact-based World War II movie and not think much about the Marceau connection. The truth is, even if young Marcel didn’t go on to become a major artist, this was a story worth telling.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Mar 25, 2020

Jonathan Jakubowicz’s drama doesn’t add as much to the beyond-crowded World War II genre as it could despite the genuinely compelling true story on which it’s based.

Metacritic review by Michael Nordine
Michael Nordine