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    Coming out next wednesday, a new war movie called L'Ennemi Intime (Intimate Ennemies) dealing with the war in Algeria. Probably gonna go see it, even though its already been labelled by the press over here as the "french Platoon" ()

    Here's the trailer (no subtitles):


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    I rather enjoy foreign war films. I have several Finnish flicks about the Winter War courtesy of our resident Fin, 17pounder. I'm really interested in this rendition of the Guerre d'Algerie, as it was truely the first modern asymmetrical war. However, the whole "platoon" aspect doesn't help.

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    • #3
      Might be good, but I like to see more. I was sold immediately when I saw the trailer of 'Battle of Algiers'. The trailer of this movie did not have that effect on me.

      Merci bien for sharing and enjoy the movie this mercredi, Boonierat!
      BoRG

      You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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      • #4
        Looks like some very nice cinema photography, I like foreign films they are often big on human interaction rather than just Hollywood obsession with action. Thanks for the heads up

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        • #5
          I've seen the film as planned, it has a lot in common with Platoon indeed. On the bright side, it feels very realistic in showing the day to day infantry operations in Algeria (as far as I can tell anyway, I'm not a specialist of the period, but the uniforms, weapons, vehicles, tactics etc... looks very well researched). The battle scenes are really well made also, you can really tell the way a movie like Saving Private Ryan set new standards in filming war scenes 10 years ago, the ones in this movie are of the same quality as those in Flags of our Fathers or Tae Guk Gi, for example.
          Alas it suffers of the same flaws as Platoon in the way that it paints a very negative picture of the soldiers who fought there: massacre of civilians, executions of prisoners, use of napalm and of course torture are shown here much like they were shown in Stone's film. Also, the characters are very (too much ?) stereotypical: the idealistic lieutenant, the hardbitten sergeant, the former resistant turned torturer etc...
          There is two major difference with Platoon though, first, the atrocities commited by the FLN are shown here with the same violence as the french ones and second, the main character, a young idealistic lieutenant called Terrien, follows a very different path than Chris Taylor, and instead of being redeemed at the end loses all his morale values and is forever changed by the war.
          Worth seing though, as there's very little available on the subject.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
            I've seen the film as planned, it has a lot in common with Platoon indeed. On the bright side, it feels very realistic in showing the day to day infantry operations in Algeria (as far as I can tell anyway, I'm not a specialist of the period, but the uniforms, weapons, vehicles, tactics etc... looks very well researched). The battle scenes are really well made also, you can really tell the way a movie like Saving Private Ryan set new standards in filming war scenes 10 years ago, the ones in this movie are of the same quality as those in Flags of our Fathers or Tae Guk Gi, for example.
            Alas it suffers of the same flaws as Platoon in the way that it paints a very negative picture of the soldiers who fought there: massacre of civilians, executions of prisoners, use of napalm and of course torture are shown here much like they were shown in Stone's film. Also, the characters are very (too much ?) stereotypical: the idealistic lieutenant, the hardbitten sergeant, the former resistant turned torturer etc...
            There is two major difference with Platoon though, first, the atrocities commited by the FLN are shown here with the same violence as the french ones and second, the main character, a young idealistic lieutenant called Terrien, follows a very different path than Chris Taylor, and instead of being redeemed at the end loses all his morale values and is forever changed by the war.
            Worth seing though, as there's very little available on the subject.
            I read a review yesterday that mirrors your opinions exactly. Platoon for example, while totally fictitious in every aspect, displayed both the good and bad from both sides. For me at least, I thought far too much happened to that single unit than occured throughout the entire Viet-nam war. And from what I've read thus far, this film follows a like plot-line. Much like Platoon and Jarhead which made a point of showcasing American troops as total wack jobs, out to kill anything and everthing, so does this flick portray French soldiers as murderous fiend's. Sorry, but it wasn't like that. Yes, atrocities were committed by French troops in Algeria, but this film insinuates that everyone was a war-criminal.

            I spose no matter where it's produced, the Cinema is usually crap.

            I still expect a DVD of L'Ennemi Intime, Boonie.

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