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L'ennemi intime (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 2 October 2009 (USA)
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A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.


Patrick Rotman (screenplay), Florent-Emilio Siri (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Lieutenant Terrien
Albert Dupontel ... Sergent Dougnac
Aurélien Recoing ... Commandant Vesoul
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Capitaine Berthaut
Eric Savin ... Le sergent tortionnaire
Mohamed Fellag ... Idir Danoun (as Fellag)
Lounès Tazairt Lounès Tazairt ... Saïd
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Rachid
Vincent Rottiers ... Lefranc
Lounès Machene Lounès Machene ... Amar
Adrien Saint-Joré Adrien Saint-Joré ... Lacroix
Guillaume Gouix ... Delmas
Ange Ruzé Ange Ruzé ... Théron
Salem Aït-Ali-Belkacem Salem Aït-Ali-Belkacem ... Ouramdam
Antoine Laurent Antoine Laurent ... Maheu


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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Did You Know?


When first offered the role, Albert Dupontel turned it down because he felt his character, at that point a torturer, to be "too negative". Rather than cast another actor in the part, Florent-Emilio Siri decided to rewrite the character as more human, as he felt Dupontel was the only actor who could do justice to the part. See more »


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 »


Version of L'ennemi intime (2002) See more »


Come prima
Written by Jacques Larue, Mario Panzeri, Sandro Taccani, Vincenzo di Paola
Performed by Dalida
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amazing, gripping movie
16 January 2009 | by solaris1968See all my reviews

An incredibly-filmed, gripping, and haunting movie about the horrors of guerrilla warfare, from the perspective of French troops in Algeria. The film is hypnotizing in its portrayal of the way in which violence and torture end up shattering these men's psyche and spirit.

The movie is also a good reminder of the hypocrisy of imperial powers. Many French fought the Nazi Germans when they invaded their country in the name of "freedom", but just 20 years later they were trying to crush the Algerian resistance for doing exactly the same thing: opposing a foreign, colonial occupation of their land. Yet the movie avoids simplistic dichotomies and, far from romanticizing the Algerian FLN, it crudely shows the atrocities committed by both sides. The landscapes in which the action takes place are mesmerizing in their crude, gripping, raw beauty.

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France | Morocco


French | Arabic | Kabyle

Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Feind in den eigenen Reihen - Intimate Enemies See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlas Mountains, Morocco See more »


Box Office


EUR9,780,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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