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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 ... See full summary »

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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 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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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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€3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the tense situation in Algeria where the movie was shot, the crew and cast had to be constantly escorted by Algerian servicemen. Nevertheless Olivier Gourmet once found himself alone walking across a district of an Algerian town on his way to the filming dressed as a French colonel. Fortunately, no harm ensued. See more »

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Le colonel Raoul Duplan: When the Nazis ruled France legality was the trains to the camps. Justice was the men who blew up trains.
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Torture, Oppression, Amnesty and Justice
8 February 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the extreme rightist retired with amnesty Colonel Raoul Duplan (Olivier Gourmet) is deadly shot in his house, Detective Phillipe from the police department investigates the case. Lieutenant Galois (Cécile De France) is assigned by the high command of the army to follow the investigations of the murder and prepare reports with her findings. Without any lead, she receives some pages of the diary of Lieutenant Guy Rossi (Robinson Stévenin) with a message telling that the colonel died in Saint Arnaud. Lieutenant Galois reads the pages and discovers that Rossi was a just-graduated lawyer with a broken heart because his girlfriend Isabelle left him that volunteered to the French army in 1955 and served under the command of the colonel in Algeria. Every day, the curious Galois receives a correspondence with the sequel of the diary disclosing details of the relationship of Rossi with the colonel until she discloses the identity and the motives of the killer.

"Mon Colonel" is an unknown gem that deserves to be discovered by lovers of cinema and history. The fictitious story shows unscrupulous details of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), with torture, guerrilla, terrorism, the cynical campaign of "pacification" of the French Army and other cruelties through the eyes of a rookie, clumsy and naive lieutenant. The screenplay, written by the great Costa-Gravas, is one of the most intelligent that I have recently seen, disclosing the story in the 50's in pieces, leaving the viewer anxious for the sequence, entwined with the investigation of a murder. The stylish direction of Laurent Herbiet could not be better, alternating colors with the black and white of the period of war in an awesome cinematography. Olivier Gourmet is impressive in the role of the tough colonel; Robinson Stévenin is perfect in the role of a man that loses his innocence; Cécile De France extremely beautiful giving a touch of feeling to the story and the cameo of Charles Aznavour closing the plot with golden key. There is also a criticism to the amnesty given to torturers like Colonel Raoul Duplan (and many members of the military dictatorships in South America in the 70's and 80's). Last but not the least, the situation of the poor oppressed people in Algeria in the 50's is not different from the present situations of Iraq and Afghanistan. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Coronel" ("My Colonel")


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