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L'ennemi intime (2007)

 |  Drama, History, War  |  2 October 2009 (USA)
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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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Drama | History | War

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Also Known As:

Der Feind in den eigenen Reihen - Intimate Enemies  »

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The film was spawned by actor Benoît Magimel's desire to do the a film based on the war in Algeria, which he talked about with documentary filmmaker Patrick Rotman as they were having lunch together. Coincidentally, Rotman was working on a documentary on the subject, L'ennemi intime (2002), and talked to his friend Florent-Emilio Siri about adapting it as a work of fiction. See more »

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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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Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg
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Utterly outstanding
22 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have just seen this film and was very impressed indeed.

Many have been very critical of this film stating the characters were hollow and the film itself was little more than another ain't war hell story. However there is a lot more to it than that.

The film, like 'Land and Freedom' gives a much needed insight into a very dirty war that has largely been forgotten.

From an accuracy perspective the equipment and weapons etc were spot on for the period. Contrast this to 'Tea with Mussolini' and 'Atonement' to name but a few. The film also shows many scenes of endlessly trudging through the mountains looking for an elusive enemy with no apparent end in sight. If you read Legionnaire by Simon Murray or Wayward Legionnaire by James William Worden you will quickly discover that that was exactly what the war in Algeria was like. Finally the film shows the FLN to be every bit as brutal as the French (which they were). This is a nice change from the usual blame it all on the white man theme.

Aside from material accuracy this film also brilliantly presents two very real dilemmas. The first was the French fighting against their former allies. (Many FLN members had fought with the French against the Germans in WW II. See 'Days of Glory'). The second is the highly relevant subject of torture. On the one hand its use is highly immoral and barbaric, but it is producing effective results.

Overall an outstanding film about a subject that needs to be told. Now how about an accurate film on the Korean War and the French war in Indo China.


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