Monday, May 4, 2009


by Tobias

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Great companion viewing with Amos Gitai's KIPPUR.

Rachid Bouchareb's INDIGENES (DAYS OF GLORY) is a good old fashion war film with grit and heart. The story follows a handful of Arab soldiers from Algeria who have joined the French military to combat Nazism in WWII. Once they have bravely fought a couple of battles in Europe they soon realize that some of the racist French officer's see them as lesser grunts and deny them promotions and equipment. The film then takes on the form of both a combat film and a civil rights film with tons of sociological heft to boot.

This is a very character driven drama and a lot of the battle sequences are intentionally unsensational, that may bore most mainstream audiences, but for those of you who enjoy a thoughtful history piece in the cinematic spirit of Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI, I think this film will interest you. Branch out and rent it.

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