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L'Ennemi intime (Intimate Enemies)

L'Ennemi intime (Intimate Enemies) (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Young lieutenant Terrien (Benoà (R)t Magimel, Best Actor Cannes 2001 for The Piano Teacher) takes command of an outpost in Algeria, a country fighting for its independence from France. He befriends a local young boy joining his platoon and a disillusioned veteran (Albert Dupontel, Irreversible). War and its atrocities will quickly put his moral values to the test.Based on historical facts, Intimate Enemies presents a very contemporary look at war, exposing the process which can bring soldiers to

Jun 24, 2008

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (6) | DVD (1)

A movie you've seen before, when it was set on the Apache reservation or in the Vietnamese jungle.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Along the way, Siri exposes French hypocrisy -- showing that the Algerian rebels were only doing what the French Resistance did in battling the Nazis who ruled their country in WorldWar II.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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With its sententious air of historical reckoning, Enemies is an impressive monument, but not a moving one.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Director Florent Emilio Siri ('The Nest', 'Hostage') shows ability in action sequences and group dynamics but his film never develops sufficiently to raise it much above the conventional.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Visceral and engrossing.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Says so much that's familiar if not downright clichéd, it winds up saying nothing at all.

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's all rather conventional, drawing on the blockbuster big bangs and special effects he must have picked up in Hollywood making the Bruce Willis thriller Hostage.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A harrowing but formulaic insight into the realities experiened by French conscripts during the Algerian War.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Terrien's journey is more conventional, but still powerful and well acted.

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

a no-holds-barred history with alarming lessons for the current 'War on Terror'.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Pulls no punches in its depiction of the gruesome nature of guerilla warfare and the ensuing decay of morality.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Truly unforgettable and revelatory, L'Ennemi intime presents a rare glimpse into the realities of war in all its gory detail, tempered with a heartbreaking insight into our inescapably frail human consciousness.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Rotman's reliance on speechifying to get his points across essentially drains anything even resembling authenticity from the film...

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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