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Days of Glory

The True Story So Controversial, It Couldn

Days of Glory, the English title of Rachid Bouchareb's film - called Indigènes, or 'natives', in French - has a rousing, somewhat generic war-movie ring. And Mr. Bouchareb, a French director of Algerian descent who has made four previous features, sticks close to the conventions of the genre as he follows a small group of World War II infantrymen from North Africa through Italy and across France into Alsace. His combat sequences are filmed with exquisite precision and edited with admirable economy, and the quieter moments that allow the characters of the men to emerge find perfect blance between dramatic impact and psychological authenticity.In many ways Days of Glory, Algeria's official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, fits comfortably into a proud and apparently inexahustible cinematic traditon. It is a chronicle of courage and sacrifice, of danger and solidarity, of heroism and futility, told with power, grace and feeling and brought alive the by first-rate acting. A damn good war movie.What makes Days of Glory something more - something close to a great movie - is that it finds a new and politically urgent story to tell in the well-trodden (and beautifully photographed) soil of wartime Europe. A.O. Scott, New York Times
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Directed by: 
Rachid Bouchareb
Running Time: 
123
Country(ies): 
France/Morocco/Algeria/Belgium
Language: 
French/Arabic
Starring: 
Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem
Screenplay by: 
Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle

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