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Days of Glory -- During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.
Days of Glory -- 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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27 September 2006 (France) See more »
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The true story of World War II's forgotten heroes See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career
 (From ScreenDaily. 25 October 2014, 1:42 PM, PDT)

Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career
 (From ScreenDaily. 25 October 2014, 1:42 PM, PDT)

Bouchereb receives Adff honour, talks career
 (From ScreenDaily. 25 October 2014, 1:42 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
Rachid Bouchareb 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rachid Bouchareb 
Olivier Lorelle 

Produced by
Jaques-Henri Bronckart .... co-producer
Jean Bréhat .... producer
Caroline Cochaux .... co-producer
Jamel Debbouze .... co-producer
Genevieve Lemal .... co-producer
Alexandre Lippens .... co-producer
Muriel Merlin .... executive producer
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
Cheb Khaled  (as Khaled)
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
 
Film Editing by
Yannick Kergoat 
 
Casting by
Nora Habib 
Kadija Leclere 
Tristan Ravasco 
 
Production Design by
Dominique Douret 
 
Set Decoration by
Pierre Chevalier 
 
Makeup Department
Nezha Aouis .... makeup artist: Morocco
Marie-Pierre Hattabi .... hair stylist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Géraldine Lemaire .... additional hair stylist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Françoise Quilichini .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Adil Abdelwahab .... production manager
Antoine Beau .... production manager
Moncef Belam .... production team
Fabien Cimetière .... assistant unit manager
Cedric Ettouati .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Pierre Giudice .... unit manager
Antoine Moussault .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noureddine Aberdine .... second assistant director
Anne Bernard .... second assistant director
Guillaume Bonnier .... assistant director
Olivier Coutard .... pre-production assistant director
Akrame El Meziane .... second second assistant director
Marc Flouquet .... art department
Larbi Idrissi .... assistant director
Mohamed Nesrate .... first assistant director
Cyril Pavaux .... second second assistant director
Raphaëlle Piani .... second assistant director
Mathieu Schiffman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Nadia Bougrain .... painter: Morocco
Stéphane Bunel .... set dresser
Marc Flouquet .... assistant art director
Florent Maillot .... set property man
Emmanuel Maintigneux .... set designer
Aziz Mhand .... props
Rachid Quiat .... assistant art director
Jean-François Sturm .... assistant decorator
Mohammed Hamza Regragui .... props: Morocco (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Thomas Bernard .... sound recordist
Benoît Biral .... foley mixer
Matthieu Choux .... sound assistant
Thomas Gastinel .... boom operator
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
Loïc Gourbe .... sound recordist
Olivier Hespel .... sound recordist
Vincent Nouaille .... assistant sound: Provence
Franck Rubio .... sound effects editor
Franck Rubio .... supervising sound editor
Olivier Thys .... assistant foley artist
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Olivier Walczak .... sound effects editor
Olivier Walczak .... supervising sound editor
Carine Zimmerlin .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Noel Chainbaux .... special effects assistant
Romain Rosier .... sfx props
 
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Kevin Berger .... visual effects supervisor
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects coordinator
Sébastien Fauchère .... digital compositor
Eric Fréchou .... digital compositor
Mathilde Germi .... digital compositor
Thibaut Granier .... digital compositor
Christian Guillon .... visual effects producer
Julien Rousseau .... digital compositor
Olivier Veau .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Benamara Azeddine .... stunt performer
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts
Yan Dron .... stunt coordinator
Max Garnier .... stunts
Cyrille Hertel .... stunts
Enrico Horn .... stunts
David Julienne .... stunts
Mael Lamberton .... stunts
Stéphane Margot .... stunts
Jean-Loup Michou .... stunts
Florent Mismetti .... stunts
Jeremie Reveillon .... stunts
Yoni Roch .... stunts
Sebastien Soudais .... stunts
Philippe Teissier .... stunts
Philippe Vittoriani .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Simon Blanchard .... second assistant camera
Eric Blanckaert .... first assistant camera
Mohamed Chantoufi .... electrician: Morocco
Antoni Dimundu .... grip
Pierre-Hugues Galien .... first assistant camera
Michaël Gojon dit Martin .... electrician
Imad Rechiche .... second assistant camera
Elise Vogel .... third assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Mustapha Grumij .... extras casting
Justine Léocadie .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Najat Ait Badi .... costume assistant
Loïc Barnier .... costumer
Mohamed Bougati .... wardrobe
Elsa Le Guichard .... wardrobe
Marie Meyer .... wardrobe
Abdelfattah Qzaibar .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Basile Belkhiri .... avid technician: Digital Factory
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Olivier Gourlay .... first assistant editor
Lyssia Le Gall .... assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Clement Zveguintzoff .... digital conformation
 
Music Department
Camille Adrien .... orchestrator
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager
Jérôme Lateur .... music supervisor
Vincent Lebegue .... music legal coordinator
Elise Luguern .... music production supervisor
Alexandre Mahout .... music assistant
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Khalid Ameskane .... transportation captain
Svet Hrouchoff .... driver: makeup
Abdenabi Izlaguen .... transportation captain
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Francois Muller .... facility/truck driver
 
Other crew
Youssef Abagourram .... location manager
Mohamed Atbir .... set production assistant
Virginie Barbay .... script supervisor
Delphine Berroyer .... production secretary
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: metrodome
Lucie Bourzam .... production accountant
Jacquot Clotilde .... assistant location manager
Eric Jooris .... legal counsel
Romeo Julien .... avid conformation
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Indigènes" - Algeria (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for war violence and brief language
Runtime:
USA:120 min | France:128 min | Canada:123 min (Ontario) | Canada:120 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:128 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Black and White | Black and White (archive footage) | Color
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Trivia:
This film's closing epilogue states: "In 1959, a law was passed to freeze the pensions of infantrymen from former French colonies about to become independent. In 2002, after endless hearings, the French government was ordered to pay the pensions in full. But successive governments have pushed back this payment."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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65 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
And the award for Best Foreign Language Film goes to..., 28 November 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

France 1943. Indigenous Moroccan soldiers – still wet behind the ears – are called in to the 17th infantry to defend their 'motherland' against the ongoing German occupation. Their goodness and patriotism are unmistakable and Saïd (Jamel Debbouze) remarks how "If I liberate a country, it's my country, even if I've never even been there." Here is a good-hearted contingent of North African soldiers who hope to catch some of the victory's glory, but whom are repeatedly shifted to the backseat because of their name, skin and accent.

There was no way I would miss a film that French president Chirac cites as the sole reason he immediately rectified the pension plan for indigenous veterans, offering them the promise of equality for the law for the first time. Indigènes is puffed full of political correctness with heavy-handed treatment of salient issues such as racism, inequality and intolerance. But we do not mind, because the film so rigorously establishes a brotherhood feeling with our triumvirate of central characters that we find ourselves completely engrossed in their struggle, rooting for them, laughing with them and often crying because of them.

In the front row for sympathy sits Saïd, Yassir, Messaoud and Abdelkader, all inhabited by capable unknown actors with great emotional transparency. Saïd is a kind of clumsy teddy bear who kisses his mom goodbye in Morocco and immediately botches his way through combat, even choking on the victorious scotch and fumbling with the token victor's cigar when the first battle has been won. These are heartbreakingly real people. Arguably even the hard-edged Sergeant elicits a warm response when he unflinchingly takes on the father-role for the contingent – he is rough, harsh, cynical but fair. The male ensemble won the Cannes award for 'Best Actor' earlier this year, which solidifies their collective likability and serve as a mark of the film's warm cast centre. If you want to nitpick, it needs to be said that some moments (such as key death scenes), although tragic, inexplicably lack the propelling poignancy to elicit tears. Why this is I do not know, but it ought to be attributed to the film and not the superb performances.

When the squad of wet puppies make their way across the motherland, they are faced with two disturbances: the internal conflicts that arise in the army when it becomes apparent that North African soldiers are not given the same treatment as native French (no tomatoes, no weekend leaves, no promotions and no glory) and the gruesome reality on the battlefield. The former is captured safely but compellingly through little rants, intense stares and cries of "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!" all in the token French political spirit. The latter, however, is Indigènes' true goldmine. No description will do the warfare sequences justice; they need to be seen. Think Call of Duty plugged into the silver screen, with epileptic zooming, fast-paced action, gory reality, humming rocket launchers and one massive sense of immediate danger. It nearly puts Steven Spielberg's warmovie fare to shame.

The cinematography channels one storyline from 'Babel', from the epic aerial shots of the craggy hills and desert-laden plains of Morocco to a juxtaposition of lush French soil. Even the French sheets are a great source of awe for the North African soldiers. Much like 'Babel', the film never shies away from blending equal amounts of Arabic and French into the dialogue, something that reinforces the realism.

Indigènes (2006) is an excellent film with strong performances and a strong, political core. Its flaws, however apparent, are generally marginal. The one thing that jumped out and grabbed me, striking me as below average, was the hammy and inexcusably hackneyed score. When Arabic soldiers are fighting for their lives and bleeding in the process, slapping on a dutiful ethnic score that sings and wails like it means business, the film is just preaching to the choir. If I hear an "epic, ethnic" score in a movie like this again, I will probably go out and kill someone – either the Arab who is singing, or the stupid Westerner who thinks mainstream audiences need everything spelled-out for them with this mandatory music inclusion.

Aside from this minor misstep, Indigènes is a worthy merit to France's resumé of films, one that will surely be a frontrunner for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars next year. Nevermind that this is an excellent and real film, the competent political notions may just be enough to tip things over in its favour.

8 out of 10

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