As a member of the French underground during WWII, the real-life Lucie Aubrac daringly rescued her husband from the clutches of the Gestapo in Lyon. And a big part of what makes this film work is that it unspools with little fanfare about such a heroic exploit. After being captured, Auteuil spends a good portion of the movie getting ruthlessly beaten by the butcher of Lyon, Klaus Barbie, played with steely Germanic resolve by Ferch.
Auteuil can convey more with one sullen, watery glance than most actors can with a page-long monologue. And former Bond girl Bouquet is wonderfully understated as the heroine Aubrac.