Days of Glory (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Indigenes

Algeria/France/Morocco/Belgium2006.  Tessalit Productions, Kiss Films, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, StudioCanal, , Tassili Films, , Versus Production, , , Région Ile-de-France, , Région Provence Côte d’Azur, , , Région Aquitaine, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, , , Canal+, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, , Scope Pictures.  Screenplay by Rachid Bouchareb, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

During World War II, a regiment of North African soldiers is assembled to fight for France, and the men who join seek the opportunity to not only defend their country but also to help fight the racism they suffer as citizens of an occupied nation. This excellent war film by Rachid Bouchareb centres around four soldiers whose various adventures lead them to their destinies as they have to fight not only their enemy on the battlefield but the prejudice of the officers above them. Captivating from beginning to end, this Algerian Saving Private Ryan is no Battle Of Algiers, but it is intelligent, thought-provoking and full of enough of those little sharp moments that make large-scale films succeed.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Actor (Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

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