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Cartouches gauloises (2007)

A pair of childhood friends spend a spring together before the summer Algeria's war of Independence.

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Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.

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Mohamed Faouzi Ali Cherif ...
Ali (as Hamada)
Thomas Millet ...
Nicolas dit Nico
Tolga Cayir ...
Gino Sisti
Julien Amate ...
David
Mohammed El Amine Medjahri ...
Bachir (as Mohammed Medjari)
Sabrina Senoussi ...
La petite fille aux perles
Nassim Meziane ...
Paul
Aurore Labrugère ...
Julie
Nadia Samir ...
Habiba
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Aïcha
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ...
Barnabé, le chef de gare
Mohamed Dine Elhannani ...
Djelloul (as Mohammed Dine El Hannani)
Betty Krestinsky ...
Rachel
Assia Brahmi ...
Zina
Marc Robert ...
Lieutenant Laurent
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A young Algerian paperboy with friends and associates of all ages on both sides of the conflict experiences history leading up to the March 1962 independence of Algeria, witnesses ruthless violence perpetrated by French and Arabs, sees his French friends depart or die, and tries to relate to his patriotic French soccer pal to the end. Written by Caroline Abada

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algeria | soccer | childhood | arab | boy | See All (17) »

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Algérie, un été '62

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Fantastic film
6 July 2007 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This was probably my favourite film at the Cannes Film Festival, and a bit of a surprise package. I hadn't heard much about it beforehand, but decided to take the gamble as it fitted very nicely into my schedule. And what a pleasant surprise!

A film on a subject as heavy as the French withdrawal from Algeria could be rather full-on, and it definitely was in parts, but what kept this piece going was the portrayal of the issue through the eyes of the children involved, both native Algerian and French expats. This device allowed for so many different aspects of the situation to be explored, and without judgement imposed.

The cinematography was a delight to watch, and the framing choices (such as the promo image of the boy staring out the back of the car) superb. The setting was so interesting as well, particularly to someone who didn't know a great deal about the situation.

The performances in Cartouches Gauloises are beautiful, unselfconscious, and subtle, particularly those of the children, and seeing the actors and director up on stage following the screening, you could tell how proud they were of the piece. They received a standing ovation at Cannes, and well- deserved too. One of the little boys couldn't stop the tears from spilling down his face, so sweet!

I would highly recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of world cinema.


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