(out of 5)
Algeria struggles for independence and the French colonial power responds by rousing up the troops. The action is centred around a sensitive Lieutenant (Benoît Magimel) who experiences increasing conflict with a sergeant (Albert Dupontel) 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.
Directed by Florent Emilio Siri
Screenplay by Patrick Rotman, adaptation by Florent-Emilio Siri, Patrick Rotman
Cinematography by Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Production Design by William Abello
Costume Design by Mimi Lempicka