Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Algeria/France/Morocco/Belgium, 2006. Tessalit Productions, Kiss Films, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, StudioCanal, Taza Productions, Tassili Films, La Petite Reine, Versus Production, Royaume du Maroc, SCOPE Invest, Région Ile-de-France, Région Franche-Comté, Région Provence Côte d’Azur, Région Alsace, Conseil Général des Vosges, Région Aquitaine, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Royal Air Maroc, Maroc Telecom, F.A.S.I.L.D., Canal+, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Cofinova 1, Cofinova 2, Scope Pictures. Screenplay by Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle. Cinematography by Patrick Blossier. Produced by Jean Brehat. Music by Armand Amar Khaled. Production Design by Dominique Douret. Costume Design by Hassan Taghriti. Film Editing by Yannick Kergoat. Academy Awards 2006. Cannes Film Festival 2006. Independent Spirit Awards 2006. National Board of Review Awards 2006. Toronto International Film Festival 2006.
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.