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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Benoît Giros ...
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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Storyline

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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soldier | love | sergeant | arab | italy | See more »

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The True Story So Controversial, It Couldn't Be Told Until Now. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

27 September 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Days of Glory  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Festival selections:
  • Rio de Janeiro (21-9/5-10-2006)
  • Zurich (27-9/2-10-2006)
  • Namur (29-9/6-10-2006)
  • Singapore (6-10/15-10-2006)
  • Pusan (12-10/20-10-2006)
  • São Paulo (20-10/2-11-2006)
  • Valladolid (22-10/28-10-2006)
  • London (October/November 2006)
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Goofs

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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Featured in Indigenes: Le making of (2006) See more »

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Ya Dzayer
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Wrtitten by Armand Amar
Performed by Cheb Khaled
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War and cultures
6 February 2007 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

The movie takes the viewer on a trip back to the second world war, showing how parts of the Arabic population fought with the French colonists for their freedom, against Nazi Germany trying to occupy Africa. As the movie evolves, other aspects than the fight for freedom and the brutality of war emerges. The viewer is reminded that the the social identity of the white bourgeoisie class and the stereotypes that follows not emerged with the current world of terrorism. Questions of power, humanity, religion, racism, love and honour follows the viewer through this exciting, emotional and realistic movie. Along with the plot and acting in this piece of work, the critical viewer should be satisfied.


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