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To Be Twenty in the Aures (1972)
"Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  12 May 1972 (France)
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How to become a killing machine in Algeria when, at the start, you are a Pacifist Breton. Let Lieutenant Perrin deal with this bunch of rebels and make them "true soldiers", who know how to... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Alexandre Arcady ...
Noël (as Arcady)
Hamid Djellouli ...
Philippe Léotard ...
Le lieutenant Perrin
Jacques Canselier ...
Coco (as Jacques Cancelier)
Jean-Michel Ribes ...
Le curé
Alain Scoff ...
Le soldat Lomic
Jean-Jacques Moreau ...
Jacques (as J. Jacques Moreau)
Michel Elias ...
Yves Branellec ...
Philippe Brizard ...
La Marie
Charles Trétout ...
Pierre Vautier ...
Alain Vautier ...
Bernard Ramel ...


How to become a killing machine in Algeria when, at the start, you are a Pacifist Breton. Let Lieutenant Perrin deal with this bunch of rebels and make them "true soldiers", who know how to shoot, who know how to torture, who know how to kill. Only Noël resists, only Noël tries to do something to put an end to this folly... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Att vara tjugo år i Aurès-bergen  »

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Bien le bonjour, mon Lieutenant
Written by René Vautier
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A rare achievement
20 April 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

A rare cinematic achievement and a courageous picture, one of the very few fictions in French cinema to address directly the Algerian war and colonial army practices such as rape and torture. The film looks semi-improvised, but the story is still very strong, centered on the fascistic officer played by a young, believable Philippe Léotard. Director Rene Vautier spent years in Algeria during the war fighting on the side of justice, and everything here feels completely authentic. Moving songs (by Pierre Tisserand), poignant desert landscapes, and a modest and deeply effective sense of what is right and what is wrong add to this underrated masterpiece.

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