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 »
François Perrin plays football at the AS Trincamp. During a training session, he gets into a fight with Bertier, the team's star, and is ordered off the field. The club's boss, who is also ... See full summary »
Forty-year-old William Lamers, an anonymous criminal sentenced to death for murder, is soon to be executed. The procedure is about to take place in an atmosphere of general indifference and... See full summary »
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
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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