Des feux mal éteints (1994)

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1962, in Algeria. The journalist Jérome Cartier is called into the ranks of the French army, where he meets his friend François. The latter is the victim of an attack by the OAS. Jérome tracks the culprits.


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22 March 2020 | ulicknormanowen
Algeria 1962
Based on a novel by Philippe Labro who was himself a journalist in the ranks of the French army in 1960.

However ,the action takes place after the Evian agreement ;the movie deals with terrorism caused by the OAS ,an illegal military organization supporting French rule in Algeria in the sixties .

Because he detained photographs of the members of the OAS , the young soldier's friend is murdered.In a country far from being pacified ,he investigates , and will be surprised when he knows the hidden side of the affair in the last sequence .

The depiction of the country is realistic and interesting ,but the plot is not.The cast is not,with two exceptions,up to scratch :Manuel Blanc ,who was excellent in Deray 's "un crime" ,an intimate drama,lacks charisma for this kind of part;Rufus seems ill -at-ease in a part of a tough officer and overplays whereas his performances are generally restrained ;but Maria De Medeiros is the worst , an affected soap opera playing.

The seasoned actors,although their role is minimum ,walk away with the honors :Daniel Gelin is deeply moving , as a pied-noir ( French colonial born in Algeria) ,nostalgic for his lost paradise ,who reproaches the French army for having betrayed them ;Christophe Malavoy is equally efficient as a mysterious captain who easily steals the show in the last scene.

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12 January 1994



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