How to become a killing machine in Algeria when, at the start, you are a Pacifist Breton. Let Lieutenant Perrin deal with this bunch of rebels and make them “true soldiers”, who know how to shoot, who know how to torture, who know how to kill. Only Noël resists.
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On the path of Rossellini and Pasolini, a film that sees History with a materialistic realism approach, refusing its lesson and denying a figurative academicism. Made of direct and concrete images, faces and landscapes are immanences of an uno cinematic gesture, equivalent in their reading and free of signs. In France, maybe only René Allio made political exercises with such determinants.