Intimate Enemies (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.

Original title:  L’Ennemi Intime

France/Morocco, 2007.  Les Films du Kiosque, SND Films, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Cofimage 18, Banque Populaire Images 7, Uni Etoile 4, Agora Films.  Screenplay by , adaptation by Florent-Emilio Siri, Patrick Rotman.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Algeria struggles for independence and the French colonial power responds by rousing up the troops. The action is centred around a sensitive Lieutenant () who experiences increasing conflict with a sergeant () with a less complicated view of the situations they find themselves in. As an audience member they are even less complicated, as the writing and direction is uninspiring and the film itself pales compared to better war films; in particular to the history it covers, it is nothing up against much more superior works like Battle Of Algiers or, more recently, Days of Glory. Fans of the actors involved will get something out of it, though.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2007

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