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Release Date:
15 November 2006 (France) See more »
A "Reformed Colonel" is found dead in Paris, a couple of decades after Algeria's struggle for independence was won from France... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Psy-Ops in Algeria See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Olivier Gourmet ... Le colonel Raoul Duplan
Robinson Stévenin ... Le lieutenant Guy Rossi

Cécile De France ... Le lieutenant Galois

Charles Aznavour ... Le père Rossi
Bruno Solo ... Le commandant Reidacher

Éric Caravaca ... René Ascensio

Guillaume Gallienne ... Le sous-préfet

Georges Siatidis ... Le capitaine Roger

Thierry Hancisse ... Commissaire Quitard
Jacques Boudet ... Le sénateur-maire
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Le chef d'état-major
Bruno Lochet ... L'adjudant Schmeck
Hervé Pauchon ... Le commandant de Villedieu
Christophe Rouzaud ... Le général Bibendum
Philippe Chevallier ... Le directeur de l'école
Abdelmalek Kadi ... L'inspecteur Belkacem
Olga Grumberg ... Françoise

Samir Guesmi ... Ali
Ahmed Benaissa ... Ben Miloud
Xavier Maly ... Le père Jeantet
Philippe Beglia ... Le secrétaire d'état

Marie Kremer ... Thérèse
Franck Pitiot ... Le caporal Arnoul
Alexandre Gavras ... L'inspecteur Bayard
Fawzi B. Saichi ... Le notaire (as Faouzi Saichi)
Rabah Loucif ... Omar Bouamari
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolas Abraham ... Le capitaine de gendarmerie
Hamidouche Aitmansour ... Un torturé
Roxane Andreani ... Le vaguemestre
Léonidas Arvanitis ... Le sergent Victor Hugo
Mosbah Baiben ... Le sergent Harki
Matéo Ballochi ... Alain Reidacher
Hatem Bedoui ... Orchestre restaurant juif
Mostafa Benhmad ... Orchestre restaurant juif
Virginie Bordes ... La jeune femme à Constantine
Salah Edine Bouarfa ... L'étudiant torturé
Farouk Boutadjine ... Trompettiste
Raphaël D'Olce ... L'officier gendarme
Mohamed Djouhari ... Le caïd El Rachid

Mehdi Faveris-Essadi ... Un torturé
Sami Graine ... Le radio
Emmanuel Gust ... Le spécialiste judiciaire
Abdellah Hachami ... Orchestre restaurant juif
Gabrielle Hanne ... Isabelle
Rafik Iberrahen ... Un torturé
Nadia Koussim ... Rachel
Philippe Landoulsi ... Le médecin légiste
Florence Masset ... La jeune inspectrice
Bruno Masure ... Le présentateur TV
Eric Naggar ... Le maître d'hôtel
Jeanne Plante ... La partenaire de Rossi
Emilie Pontanier ... Madame Reidacher
Karim Regrag ... Un torturé
Renaud Rutten ... Le fils du colonel Duplan
Abdel Saoula ... Un torturé
Fatima Soufi ... Zouina
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Le gendarme au service des archives
Salah Teskouk ... Un torturé
Yves Vandersmissen ... Le vieux sous-lieutenant engagé
Abdelouahed Zaim ... Orchestre restaurant juif

Directed by
Laurent Herbiet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Costa-Gavras  story
Jean-Claude Grumberg 
Laurent Herbiet 
Francis Zamponi  novel

Produced by
Salem Brahimi .... producer
Costa-Gavras .... producer
Jean-Pierre Dardenne .... producer
Luc Dardenne .... producer
Michèle Ray-Gavras .... producer
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
Film Editing by
Nicole Berckmans 
Production Design by
Alexandre Bancel 
Set Decoration by
Alexandre Bancel 
Ramdane Kacer 
Costume Design by
Edith Vesperini 
Makeup Department
Frederique Balmer .... makeup artist
Frédéric Balmer .... special makeup effects artist
Veronique Clochepin-Lassalle .... makeup artist (as Véronique Clochepain)
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Léonidas Arvanitis .... assistant unit manager
Laurence Lafiteau .... unit manager
Florence Masset .... production leader
Florence Masset .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabrielle Hanne .... trainee assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... first assistant director
Dylan Talleux .... second assistant director
Iris Wong .... second assistant director
Art Department
François Criqui .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Rainier Buidin .... sound recordist
Jonathan Gargui Dit Marco .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Gastinel .... boom operator
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
Aline Gavroy .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Vincent Hazard .... sound editor
Olivier Hespel .... sound
Michel Schillings .... sound recordist
Olivier Thys .... assistant foley artist
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects supervisor
Yannick Hertsens .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Gregory Arvanitis .... visual effects
Basile Maffone .... visual effects
Benoît Maffone .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Blanchard .... second assistant camera
Eric Blanckaert .... first assistant camera
Baptiste Brousse .... electrician
Aziz Iguerna .... electrician
Xavier Renaudot .... gaffer
Yves Vandersmissen .... grip
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Yorgos Lamprinos .... assistant editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Music Department
Camille Adrien .... composer: additional music
Vincent Joinville .... music mixer
Vincent Joinville .... music recordist
Matthieu Nogues .... music recordist
Other crew
Mathieu Froger .... production staff
Romeo Julien .... avid conformation
Héloïse Moreau .... script supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Pathé (2006) (France) (theatrical)
Other Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mon colonel" - France (original title)
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Canada:110 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Due to the tense situation in Algeria where the movie was shot, the crew and cast had to be constantly escorted by Algerian servicemen. Nevertheless Olivier Gourmet once found himself alone walking across a district of an Algerian town on his way to the filming dressed as a French colonel. Fortunately, no harm ensued.See more »
René Ascensio:Minus an arm, I'm still me.
Le lieutenant Guy Rossi:Six months in a barracks and I'm out of synch.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Psy-Ops in Algeria, 15 December 2011
Author: andrewglencross65 from Australia, Perth

Superb, gripping take on France's Algeria quagmire.

Not writing a review as such, just keen to share some thoughts.

Spoiler Alert: The Iraq comparison hits you in the face early on. And from a western point of view Iraq is THE telling comparison.

America's occupation post Saddam ouster is much more in keeping with the tone of the Algerian experience. Afghanistan, as wars go, is a more just one - fought in response to an international act of mass murder.

The Colonel, although made essentially toxic by his long exposure to war, is waging, with the apparent blessing of the French military hierarchy, a campaign to bust up an insurgency and seems to have succeeded.

He's displaying the whatever it takes mentality to win, isn't he?.

I'm sure it wasn't only the Gestapo who practiced torture in WW11.

I'm NOT saying this is right, but the film, at least for me, begs the question - is it necessarily wrong as part of an overall war-fighting/winning strategy - especially if it will save lives.

The ultra naive young Lt bothered me. Completely unfit for military service, psychologically and physically.

Clearly, I know he shouldn't have been in the army, let alone Algeria - joining up because of a broken heart.

Spoiler Alert/s: But I was repulsed by his cowardice when he finally made it into combat but couldn't even bring himself to use his gun to save the life of a French comrade.

In fact he didn't fire a single shot during the village skirmish, preferring to cower behind a stone wall, as those about him blast away at the insurgents.

And HE is the one who opens the Colonel's mind to his process of bloody realpolitik, but doesn't see it until his musings about summary execution become a gut churning reality.

As an earlier contributor wrote, I agree this film is more interesting for the historical/human conduct questions it raises rather than the obvious Oh-My-God! this is just like the Americans in Iraq thing!..

"The Colonel", much like his job in the film, truly toys with your mind.

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