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L'ennemi intime (2007)

A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.

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Lieutenant Terrien
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Sergent Dougnac
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Commandant Vesoul
Marc Barbé ...
Capitaine Berthaut
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Le sergent tortionnaire
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Idir Danoun (as Fellag)
Lounès Tazairt ...
Saïd
Abdelhafid Metalsi ...
Rachid
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Lefranc
Lounès Machene ...
Amar
Adrien Saint-Joré ...
Lacroix
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Delmas
Ange Ruzé ...
Théron
Salem Aït-Ali-Belkacem ...
Ouramdam
Antoine Laurent ...
Maheu
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A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.

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The wounds of war never heal. [Scandinavian DVD.]

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2 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Feind in den eigenen Reihen - Intimate Enemies  »

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€9,780,000 (estimated)
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The crew spent nearly two months scouting locations in Morocco. See more »

Goofs

When the platoon is ambushed, the radio operator reports that they are being fired upon by MG-42s, which are captured German machine guns from the Second World War. These machine guns have a high rate of fire and produce a different sound than that edited into the film. See more »

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Version of L'ennemi intime (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Le cha cha cha du loup
Written by Serge Gainsbourg, Alain Goraguer
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
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The war they tried to ignore!
2 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

L'ennemi intime (Intimate Enemies) is a raw picture looking at French conscripts during the Algeria War. It was a war that was fought for 8 years between 1954-1962, it was also a war that France failed to even acknowledged had existed until over three decades later. Pic picks up the thread in 1959 and the focal point is the relationship between Lieutenant Terrien (Benoît Magimel) and Sergent Dougnac (Albert Dupontel). The former is the new guy, idealistic, while the latter is the grizzled and battled scarred veteran.

The Barbarian Hordes.

With the French locked in battle against the Algerian rebels, the film runs the protagonists through the psychological mangler. The horrors of war are born out, with both sides of the conflict depicted with a barbarity that's harrowing in nature. As the pic progresses you can see Terrien being worn down by what he observes, the key being he is losing his idealistic heart. Moral dilemmas are deftly inserted into the screenplay, but disappointingly the political thrum that was driving the conflict is given short shrift.

From an action stand point director and co-writer Florent-Emilio Siri strikes hard, with two particular sequences - one a field of fleeing soldiers and the finale involving air-strikes - outstanding in construction. Siri also knows when to tighten the emotional noose, bringing to us poignant scenes that leave a lump in the throat. Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci's cinematography is also to be applauded, muted colours mingle with stark framing compositions to really give the sense of realism that the screenplay demands and deserves.

Aside from the lack of political basis (we need to know more about this war), the only other real problems with the piece is the conventionality, and that it inevitably is filled with war film stereotypes. However, this is very good film making and the makers bring the story to vivid life, always remaining fascinating and certainly unforgettable. 8/10


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