Intimate Enemies (2007)

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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 torture prisoners or allies to become enemies. --© Outsider

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

Oct 2, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 2, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With its sententious air of historical reckoning, Enemies is an impressive monument, but not a moving one.

Sep 29, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
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Visceral and engrossing.

Sep 12, 2007
Variety
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Says so much that's familiar if not downright clichéd, it winds up saying nothing at all.

Sep 28, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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