Indigènes aka Days of Glory (2006, WWII Movie) – 5/10 review

Delegate Producer: Jean Brehat
Producer (Presents credit): Rachid Bouchareb
Co-Producer: Jamel Debbouze
Jamel Debbouze: Saïd
Samy Naceri: Yassir
Roschdy Zem: Messaoud
Sami Bouajila: Abdelkader
Bernard Blancan: Sergent Martinez
Mathieu Simonet: Lreoux
Benoit Giros: Gapitaine Durieux
Mélanie Laurent: Marguerite
Antoine Chappey: Le Colonel
Writer: Olivier Lorelle
Writer: Rachid Bouchareb
Director: Rachid Bouchareb

Indigènes aka Days of Glory (2006)

Africans in French colonies patriotically and wholeheartedly commit to the war against Germany. They soon come up against racial prejudice but believe that if they continue to fight and die equally alongside their French compatriots, that France will treat them with equality after the war.

5/10

Never quite recovering from one-armed Jamel Debbouze as a fully-limbed gun-carrying soldier casually strolling around World War II with his (non) hand in his pocket (a commenter on IMDb brilliantly said it was as distracting as half a moustache), this does highlight a situation of racial inequality (French colonial soldiers not being treated equally as native French soldiers) that, sadly, was still in effect when the movie was released. The final, very good, battle sequence is, by far, the best part of the movie and is followed by an appropriate coda, leaving the viewer with a good impression of a largely nearly-dull film.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word and war violence and sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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