Set during World War II, this historical drama finds Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett) joining the British Army’s Special Operations division. Since she speaks the French language fluently, they send her into France with messages to members of the French resistance. When she arrives, her mission goes sour as the French police apprehend her contact. Stuck in France for the foreseeable future, she connects with French nationals working for the resistance in her village. Their local leader, Julien (Billy Crudup), both helps her get settled and recruits her to help in some of their missions.
The film nicely shows the need for hope, as both Charlotte and the French people must keep hope alive that they will make it out of their situation. Not exactly Jane Bond, Charlotte takes part in some explosive missions and the film includes some moderate war violence. In some scenes, people are gunned down in cold blood but the wounds are not particularly graphic. One scene, showing an unmarried couple in bed after spending the night together, implies a sexual relationship. Six obscenities are heard, along with a few regular profanities and moderate crudities. Foul language helps leave CHARLOTTE GRAY short of recommendation.