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The Colonel (2006)

Mon colonel (original title)
A "Reformed Colonel" is found dead in Paris, a couple of decades after Algeria's struggle for independence was won from France. Lieutenant Galois is assigned the investigation of this ... See full summary »

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Laurent Herbiet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Gourmet ... Le colonel Raoul Duplan
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ... Le lieutenant Guy Rossi
Cécile de France ... Le lieutenant Galois (as Cécile De France)
Charles Aznavour ... Le Père Rossi
Bruno Solo 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 Jacques Boudet ... Le sénateur-maire
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Le chef d'état-major
Bruno Lochet ... L'adjudant Schmeck
Hervé Pauchon Hervé Pauchon ... Le commandant de Villedieu
Christophe Rouzaud Christophe Rouzaud ... Le général Bibendum
Philippe Chevallier Philippe Chevallier ... Le directeur de l'école
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A "Reformed Colonel" is found dead in Paris, a couple of decades after Algeria's struggle for independence was won from France. Lieutenant Galois is assigned the investigation of this murder. She receives the diary of Lieutenent Guy Rossi who served under The Colonel in Algeria in 1956, and has been reported as missing in action since 1957. The revelations found in Rossi's diary go far beyond The Colonel's actions in Algeria, and give an insight on how dirty Algeria's War for Independence really was. Written by Gonz30

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 November 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Oberst und ich See more »

Filming Locations:

Blida, Algeria See more »

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Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fictitious Colonel Duplan is based on three real-life French officers. See more »

Quotes

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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Written by Camille Adrien
Performed by La Fanfare de Setif, Les Musiciens du Conservatoire D'Alger, Jean-Philippe Benesse, Ayumi Sunazaki and Pierre Doursaut
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Torture, history and amnesty
22 February 2008 | by arsenickSee all my reviews

French movies about the "Events", as France called the independence war of Algeria from 1954 to 1962, are not so numerous. This one is clever, well shot (except for the framing) and wonderfully played. Olivier Gourmet is definitely one of my favorites french-speaking actors. First of all, I was cautious about the so many times used trick leading into depicting a past story from a present day perspective. It is very often a fake process intended to draw tears. I do prefer complete past stories, which also make us think about present day's similarities. I am impressed to read on this comments board the comparison made by people from everywhere with Iraq and Afghanistan. Reason Vs. emotion. But this movie is not so badly made regarding this trick. It is also a reflexion about amnesty of war criminals, the relevance of military justice and the constant hypocrisy of french people about Algeria. I regret a bit the part consisting in telling a past story from the reading of a journal written by a young officer, but Cecile de France is so lovely and she is doing well. The telling of the past story analyzes quite well also the differences of views between the army (coming from metropolitan France)and the colonial white community in Algeria. It makes me think that this war could also have resulted in an independence war in a South African or American way, setting-up the colonials free from their homeland, and leading to a segregationist state. There is a lot to think of in this movie. I am surprised that this movie had not been echoed so much. It reminded me of "Honneur d'un capitaine" (the honor of a captain), movie shot by Pierre Schoendoerffer in 1982, also telling about torture.


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