Indigenes (Days of Glory), as a movie about the huge contribution made by soldiers from the Empire in the renaissance of the French army in WW2, succeeds on several levels - it holds the interest, it twiddles with your emotions, and it gets a strong message across.
As has been mentioned elsewhere in these reviews, the Free French army would have continued as a single brigade of men, had it not been for the Armee d'Afrique's large resources of Spahis, Tirailleurs and Goums - native troops from all over French Africa, but particularly Morrocco and Algeria. This wasn't because they were especially keen on liberating France per se - it was mainly because they were told to, and their honour depended on it. Nevertheless, there were many who imagined France as the beneficent mother country needing their help. Others felt that demonstrating their loyalty would lead the authorities to thoughts of equality, and maybe even freedom.
So this film is about the journey of some of these fighters, and five in particular, from sandy North Africa to a wet, cold German border.
Along the way, it becomes apparent to them just how feckless and bigoted their masters really are. At every turn, they are discriminated against, even by their own officers, who often only act with consideration because they fear mutiny.
This sort of thing has been said before, of course, on lots of occasions (Glory, for instance), and it's also pretty much all true, not to say a human universal, but the moralising is handled very heavily here... as a white European viewer, it felt a bit like being hit repeatedly with a large tagine pot.
Beyond that, the film won't give you much you haven't seen before in war movies, but it is well crafted, the story is excellent, and the acting is superlative... you really do end up getting very involved.
Well worth watching more than once.