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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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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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Soundtracks

Chansons au Bordel
  • "Oh, la mignonne!"/ "Des Milliers de promesses"

Written by Aurelie Hangere and Mathieu Coupat
Performed by Irene Herblin
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Psy-Ops in Algeria
15 December 2011 | by andrewglencross65See all my reviews

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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