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Guardian: Director breaks French taboo with film tackling Algerian war

Guardian: Director breaks French taboo with film tackling Algerian war

While Hollywood produced dozens of Vietnam war epics and is now tackling Iraq, the French film industry has shied away from making gun-toting action movies about its own recent war history. But one French director is attempting to redress the balance, giving the action-film treatment to the bloody saga of Algeria’s war of independence against France between 1954 and 1962. “L’Ennemi Intime” (Intimate Enemies), which opened in Paris last night, is being touted as a French “Platoon,” after Oliver Stone‘s war epic: a special-effects extravaganza that tackles the psychological horrors of the men fighting for the French colonial side. Angelique Chrisafis reports.

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