4 March 2004 | dbdumonteil
Good political movie.
Although completely forgotten nowadays ,"le complot" was one of the many movies which dealt with the Algerian war,at the beginning of the seventies.Unlike "RAS" (Yves Boisset )or "avoir vingt ans dans les Aurès" ,it focuses on the aftermath of the war:the OAS (Organisation de l'Armée secrète) carrying on their fight for a French Algeria,after the Evian agreement.
The film begins -which is a good thing since the young audience might not be aware of this dark side of history- with pictures of the end of the war and General de Gaulle's famous words about the Algerian people. The movie enjoys a topflight cast and nobody hogs the stage:Michel Bouquet,Raymond Pellegrin,Jean Rochefort,Michel Duchaussoy,Marina Vlady and more ,all excellent.Although resembling a thriller,the movie is not spectacular(anyway ,as one of the characters says,it was a fight already lost):for instance,we know right from the start which cop is double-dealing.The script avoids over-simplification .Jean Rochefort who plays one of the "villains" tells it so:"I've fought in Indo-China ,in Algeria,and finally in my own country,for nothing,and the one thing I regret is that they sent the young conscripts there"
NB:the OAS is a subject which was treated well before the Algeria war itself;in 1964,Alain Cavalier made a movie "l'insoumis" (starring Alain Delon and Léa Massari)