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Intimate Enemies (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Albert Dupontel, Benoit Magimel
  • Directors: Florent Emilio Siri
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016AJU6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,891 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Algeria, 1959. Military operations are being stepped up. High in the mountains of Kabylia, Terrien (Benoît MAGIMEL), an idealistic lieutenant takes over the command of a platoon at a French army outpost. Here he meets Dougnac (Albert DUPONTEL), a cynical sergeant. Their differences and the harsh realities in the field drive the two men to the breaking point. Lost in an undeclared war, they discover that their worst enemy is themselves. From acclaimed director Florent Emilio Siri (Hostage), Intimate Enemies is a visually stunning war epic which shows the true brutality and horrors of war.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Mccaffery on 12 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
This film is full on from start to finish. Superbly acted and focusing on some very different characters. Some shocking scenes of barbarism and the complete lack of humanity shown on both sides as the film/battle goes on. Very authentic fire fights and the use of accurate of the time weaponry make it as realistic as it could be. Use of banned aerial weapons and the knowing looks and fear on the faces of the French troops as the air support comes in, is testament to just how dangerous close air support at the time was.
Worth every penny.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Set in the Kabyle mountains of Algeria this excellently made war film certainly pulls no punches. The extreme volence of the FLN and of some of the French begins to seep into the soul of our hero - young Lt Terrien. The film does not flinch from showing the slaughter by the fellaghas, the torture of prisoners by the French, and the scene of the napalm attack and its results are some of the most powerful that I have seen. In the end, trapped between the millstones of the Revolution and the French Republic is is hardly surprising so many of the individuals are ground to powder. The eventual fate of our hero is perhaps the least believable part of the film but it does not prevent this being a film with an impact. It avoids the usual temptations of vilifying one side or the other. It just leaves a great feeling of waste.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Unlike British cinema, which never misses another chance to beat itself up about its Colonial past, French cinema has never really dealt directly with the legacy of its own colonial wars: perhaps not so surprising in a nation that never officially recognised it had even been at war in Algeria until 1999 despite losing 27,000 troops there (a drop in the ocean compared to the 300-600,000 Algerian casualties). At times Florent Emilio Siri's Intimate Enemies threatens to turn into a more sophisticated version of The Green Berets, as Benoit Magimel's idealistic young volunteer officer, confronted by FLN atrocities, gradually abandons his ideals for a more morally corrosive pragmatic approach. Sure, some of the French cross the line and torture suspects and shoot suspects `trying to escape,' but for much of the running time it's seen purely from the French side, and they're mostly pretty decent sorts who have their reasons - they even adopt an orphan who survives one massacre. There's also the threat of turning in a French version of Platoon as it sets up a potential conflict with his more experienced sergeant, Albert Dupontel, who takes a more practical approach to torture and killing prisoners. But just when you think it's going to end with a "That's why we're here" speech to the aforementioned orphan, it swings violently away as the nominal hero's values become so eroded that he becomes the worst of all of them and it becomes clear that redemption isn't on the cards.

Aside from writer-director Pierre Schoendoerffer (who gets a thank you in the credits), the French war experience in IndoChine (Vietnam) has been almost completely ignored, while Intimate Enemies is probably the first major film about Algeria since 1966's Lost Command and Battle of Algiers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Young on 19 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this film very much indeed feeling it was rather differnt than the normal war films we see today maybe this is a film more about what war does to the humman soul than war itself i am sure you will feel some empathy with the new officer and argee with his morals, quiet a twist at the end certainly did not see it coming, the only complaint i have about the 2 disc version is that amazon do not tell you that all the extras are in french so if you don't speak french go with the single disc pity because it would have been nice to have a little more insight into this film anyway enjoyable film good acting cast cinematography
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Set in the Kabyle mountains of Algeria this excellently made war film certainly pulls no punches. The extreme volence of the FLN and of some of the French begins to seep into the soul of our hero - young Lt Terrien. The film does not flinch from showing the slaughter by the fellaghas, the torture of prisoners by the French, and the scene of the napalm attack and its results are some of the most powerful that I have seen. In the end, trapped between the millstones of the Revolution and the French Republic is is hardly surprising so many of the individuals are ground to powder. The eventual fate of our hero is perhaps the least believable part of the film but it does not prevent this being a film with an impact. It avoids the usual temptations of vilifying one side or the other. It just leaves a great feeling of waste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lee A. Robertson on 16 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
I originally saw this film at the Dubai International Film Festival and I wasn't expecting much. I cant remember the last time I saw a film that had come out of France that really gripped me.

This film is about the French Colonial wars after World War 2 when the French nation was exhausted and successive governments had failed to bring stability. The country was tired of foreign fighting for territory that wasn't considered their own and of course they still viewed their colonial subjects as little more than beasts of burden for Greater France!

This film is all about the seedier and dirty underside of fighting a guerrilla conflict and the motivations of those that were involved.

This film is extremely well written and directed with the acting living up to the promise of the dialogue

A subtitled film with a minimal need for extravagant Hollywood FX nevertheless the FX and CGI that it does use, whit minimal is a great example of how the right effects used at the right point can add a great deal to a good story well told

If you have any interest at all in colonial history, French film making or even just war films then this one should definitely make your wish list!!!
Intimate Enemies (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2007]
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