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Days of Glory (2006)
"Indigènes" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  27 September 2006 (France)
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During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

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Saïd Otmari
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Yassir
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Messaoud Souni
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Abdelkader
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Sergent Roger Martinez
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Caporal Leroux
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Larbi
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Capitaine Durieux
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Margueritte village Vosges
Antoine Chappey ...
Le colonel
Aurélie Eltvedt ...
Irène
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Le journaliste
Thibault de Montalembert ...
Capitaine Martin
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Touré (as Diouc Koma)
Philippe Beglia ...
Rambert
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Algeria, 1943, through Italy and France, to Alsace in early 1945, with a coda years later. Arabs volunteer to fight Nazis to liberate France, their motherland. We follow Saïd, dirt poor, an orderly for a grizzled sergeant, Martinez, a pied noir with some willingness to speak up for his Arab troops; Messaoud, a crack shot, who in Province falls in love with a French woman who loves him back; and Abdelkader, a corporal, a budding intellectual with a keen sense of injustice. The men fight with courage against a backdrop of small and large indignities: French soldiers get better food, time for leave, and promotions. Is the promise of liberty, equality, and fraternity hollow? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | War

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Rated R for war violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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27 September 2006 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£64,434 (UK) (30 March 2007)

Gross:

$317,594 (USA) (20 April 2007)
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The right arm of the actor Jamel Debbouze is paralyzed since an accident in his youth. But this fact is in the film totally ignored. Jamel carries a gun around with him, although he could not fire them. See more »

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In the scene when the African soldiers raise the French tricolor over the Italian mountain top, the flag they use is polyester (i.e. a contemporary flag). World War II troops would have used a cotton flag. See more »

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Hopeful Education
14 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the first time this year the Weinstein Company has made something bearable --Hell, actually something good. The film is called Days of Glory (a title strangely reconfigured from Indigènes) and it chronicles a regiment in the war against Nazism, or, as the French call it, "liberty". But, the catch here is that these soldiers, they aren't French: They're Algerian and Morroquian. The film first suffers from superfluous paper-mâché clichés in order to demonstrate racial inequality, not as a subtle character study, but rather as an insolent whole which creates that annoying been-there, done-that feeling. Such a scene occurs when Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila) realizes that not all African troops are getting tomatoes, where as the French are. What does he do? He smashes them so "Nobody can have them". Director Rachid Bouchareb narrative is also first a bit fragmented, jumping from country to country as if they were stones. Eventually, it develops into an assured rhythm which corroborates with the film.

Brilliance in Days of Glory neither comes from ideas nor direction, but rather, through the magisterial acting, prized at Cannes, and small war vignettes. They are gripping and moving, like all war movies should be. These war scenes are powerful, and that is what makes up Days of Glory, because in the end, Days of Glory is one of the few good but flawed war films worth a damn. It has power and it is evident that it uses it wisely and vigorously.


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