L'ENNEMI INTIME
INTIMATE ENNEMIES


DIRECTOR
Florent-Emilio Siri

SCREENPLAY
Florent-Emilio Siri & Patrick Rotman

CAST
Lieutenant Terrien: Benoit Magimel
Sergent Dougnac: Albert Dupontel
Commandant Vesoul: Aurélien Recoing
Capitaine Berthaut: Marc Barbé
Le sergent tortionnnaire: Eric Savin

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Outsider Pictures

RUNNING TIME 108’
PRODUCTION France, 2006
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE DVD, Beta SP, Digibeta




“… the film's presentation of wartime atrocity as a race to the bottom in which both sides are implicated is rather gutsy.”
Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice.

Set in 1959, Florent-Emilio Siri’s film is a harrowing depiction of Algeria’s war for independence, the contradictory title referring to the fact that less than ten years after French and Algerian soldiers fought together against the Nazis, they were battling each other. Arriving after an incident of “friendly fire” kills the original commanding officer, Lieutenant Terrien, who vainly tries to remain principled, instantly clashes with Sergeant Dougnac, an amoral combat veteran who stopped caring about doing the right thing years ago. As the film traces Terrien’s slow disintegration, it also unsparingly depicts the absolute viciousness and madness of this war, one in which torture is regularly deployed and women and children massacred. Skillfully using jump cuts and a brown-gray color palette that conveys the brutal conditions of the desert, Siri has shown meticulous care in crafting the combat scenes. But his filmmaking finesse never detracts from Intimate Enemies’ deeper significance as an unforgettable statement on the absolute futility of war—a message that powerfully resonates today.

 



 
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