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Cartouches gauloises (2007)

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


Mehdi Charef


Mehdi Charef


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohamed Faouzi Ali Cherif Mohamed Faouzi Ali Cherif ... Ali (as Hamada)
Thomas Millet Thomas Millet ... Nicolas dit Nico
Tolga Cayir Tolga Cayir ... Gino Sisti
Julien Amate Julien Amate ... David
Mohammed El Amine Medjahri Mohammed El Amine Medjahri ... Bachir (as Mohammed Medjari)
Sabrina Senoussi Sabrina Senoussi ... La petite fille aux perles
Nassim Meziane Nassim Meziane ... Paul
Aurore Labrugère Aurore Labrugère ... Julie
Nadia Samir Nadia Samir ... Habiba
Gaia Saïd ... Aïcha (as Zahia Said)
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Barnabé, le chef de gare
Mohamed Dine Elhannani Mohamed Dine Elhannani ... Djelloul (as Mohammed Dine El Hannani)
Betty Krestinsky Betty Krestinsky ... Rachel
Assia Brahmi Assia Brahmi ... Zina
Marc Robert ... Lieutenant Laurent


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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Algérie, un été '62




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References Vera Cruz (1954) See more »


Music by Giuseppe Fanciulli
Italian lyrics by Nicola Salerno
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
Performed in Arabic
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Fantastic film
6 July 2007 | by sarahpatsySee 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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Release Date:

8 August 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer of '62 See more »

Filming Locations:

Maghnia, Oran, Algeria See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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