Intimate Enemies

3 out of 5 stars
A French platoon (in a movie that you might describe as a French Platoon) navigates the mountainous region of Kabylia and the equally rocky anxieties of occupation during the Algerian War, circa 1959. Albert Dupontel plays a world-weary sergeant, while Benoît Magimel is the naive young lieutenant whose ethical idealism is crushed by the horrors of combat, torture and plenty of other melodramatic war-movie clichés. Conventional as the film may be, the two leads are quite adept, and director Florent Emilio Siri proves to have an exquisite eye for battlefield tableaux.


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