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A small village in the Jura is split by the river Loue which creates the line of demarcation between Nazi occupied France and freedom. A French officer, Pierre (Ronet), is released by the Nazi soldiers to find his chateau converted into a German command centre. Whilst he is obliged to co-operate with the enemy, his wife Mary (Seberg) supports the resistance movement and is willing to risk her life for it. The Nazis step up their activity against the resistance, insisting that any who attempt to cross the line of demarcation will be shot. When his wife is arrested, Pierre decides to switch his allegiance. The movement is hindered by an informer and another man who pretends to help the resistance fighters but leads them to the Nazis and steals all their possessions.
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The line of demarcation was a frontier that divided France in two during WWII. A lot of people, running away from the german occupying forces, tried to cross that line in order to reach the part of France that was under the control of the Vichy government.
This movie relates the life of a small town, on the German controlled side, that is situated right at the demarcation line. A certain number of people tries to help those who want to cross the river, others take advantage of the fact that the runaways are ready to pay huge sums of money to escape from the Germans. Small heroic or cowardly acts are reported everyday during this period.
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