Days of Glory

(France/Morocco/Algeria/Belgium, 2006, 122 minutes)

In 1943, at the height of WWII, the Free French Army recruits Algerian and Moroccan soldiers to help with the liberation of France, but despite their patriotism they are treated as second-class soldiers and citizens. Combination old-fashioned war movie, true-life story and poignant social tract that, despite its huge impact in France, is really no more than an earnest but dullish slog through previously charted territory.

A Mars Distribution release. Jean Brehat, Rachid Bouchareb and Jamel Debbouze present a Tessalit Productions/Kissfilms/Taza Productions/Tassili/Versus Production/Scope Invest production, in co-production with France 3 Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma and Studiocanal, in association with La Petite Reine; with the support of the Moroccan Kingdom, Région Île-de-France, Région Franche-Comté, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Région Alsace, Conseil Général des Vosges, Région Aquitaine, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Royal Air Maroc, Maroc Télécom, Human Rights League, Caisse des Dépots et Consignations and Fonds d’Action et Soutien pour l’Intégration et la Lutte contre les Discriminations; with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinécinéma, Kiosque, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Cofinova 1, Cofinova 2 and Soficinéma. Starring Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan, Mathieu Simonet, Benoît Gros, Mélanie Laurent; with the participation of Antoine Chappey. Directed by Rachid Bouchareb; written by Olivier Lorelle and Rachid Bouchareb: music by Armand Amar and Khaled; director of photography (colour, widescreen), Patrick Blossier; production designer, Dominique Douret; costume designer, Michèle Richer; film editor, Yannick Kergoat.


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