The recent movies Sarah's Key, The Round Up and Army of Crime haven't exactly covered the wartime actions of the French with la gloire when it comes to their unsavoury treatment of the Jews.
Moroccan director Ismael Ferroukhi really rubs it in with a story that makes unlikely Jewish heroes of Algerian Moslems, hiding them from the Nazis as well as anti-Semitic French police.
In an intriguing tale loosely based on a true story, he relates the heroic and selfless behaviour of a Parisian mosque - and more particularly its director Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit - who helped Jews as well as members of the resistance escape the Gestapo.
The action is seen through eyes of Algerian black marketeer Younes (Rahim), a non-practising Moslem whose first concern is turning a quick profit rather than helping his fellow immigrants.
When's picked up for flogging illicit contraband, he doesn't take much persuading to turn snitch and report back to the French police anything dodgy going on at the mosque administered by Ben Ghabrit (Michael Lonsdale).
However, as he gets to know those loosely associated with the place of worship - Algerian singer Salim (who turns out to be Jewish) and Leila (who turns out to be a wanted Communist agitator) - a basic decency kicks in.
Slowly, his moral fibre stiffens and he finds himself feeding the police false information and - eventually - risking his life to save those on the German wanted list.
Subdued and powerful, this is a compelling addition to the canon of resistance movies and one which is complicated by the Gordian knot of loyalties pulling on the protagonists.
Ben Ghabrit, in particular, has to play the spineless lackeys of the Vichy regime against the all-powerful Nazi occupiers while extending the Moslem code of hospitality to those outside the faith, often at lethal risk to himself.
It's a quietly thoughtful film that eschews cheap sentimentality and - through the assured performance of Rahim - demonstrates that good can come from the most unlikely places.