Intimate Enemies

L’ennemi intime
France, 2007
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Scr.: Patrick Rotman, Florent Emilio Siri
Phot.: Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci
Editor: Christophe Danilo, Olivier Gajan
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cast: Benoit Magimel, Albert Dupontel, Aurélien Recoing, Marc Barbé, Eric Savin
Distributor: SND
Format: 35 mm
111 mins

Summer 1959: A lieutenant arrives at his station deep in Kabyle, where he’s faced with comrades who’ve already seen and done more than enough. The first somewhat bigger combat film on the Algerian War since the 70s, which shows and discusses things that even the most courageous works, like René Vautier’s Avoir vingt ans dans les Aurés (1972), only dared to hint at: the use of napalm, the casual attitude to mass killings, etc. Things get so vile that some French soldiers start to see themselves in a disturbing light: as being equal to the Nazis in their disdain for human life.



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