Although historical distance allows me an appreciation I don't reserve for the current slate of docu-fictions, it's humbling to see the trauma re-enacted so vividly in a healing Algeria. The people and buildings conjuring a recent suffering for what? A victory lap for anti-fascist causes? Intention aside, I'm in awe of the technical work accomplished in the winding alleys, defining an already important film.
3-4. Eventually becomes a bit tedious and messy once the UN sides with France regarding the Algiers question. Politically complex though it is, I think the film suffers a bit from a lack of individuation about its own characters (the most distinct figure is the colonel). It is a really pretty film, however; and there's a wealth of background detail that makes it a fascinating piece in context. I'm glad I saw it.
An essential film about the Algerian people's brave resistance against French colonial rule. Reminds me a great deal of "Rome Open City". It uses a documentary and neorealist style to put you in the middle of Algeria's struggle for independence. It's still relevant today and I found myself thinking of the brave protests of Palestinians in the documentary "5 Broken Cameras." Occupation & oppression continue.
it has a big potential in cinema history. Great images, that would be great if it has a great soundtrack, and lip sync for arabic dubbing.Because lip sync quite uncomfortable and does not match with overall dialogue. I would like to hear lead actor's real voice. But anyway it is very good film.