A drama following a French platoon during Algeria’s war of independence
Intimate Enemies is one of those movies that, is poorly named, but it’s a fascinating story, especially if you stick with it. It’s filmed in not exactly black and white, it’s almost grays and greens. It’s a story that’s set in 1959 in Algeria where the French mounted a campaign against the Algerian independence movement. This is a story of the French and Algerian soldiers who fought there. If you feel that it has a great resonance with Vietnam or with Iraq, well I would certainly not argue with you about that. It is one of those war stories that is really beautifully filmed. You understand all the characters, you understand all the dilemmas, you understand how things like My Lai happen. It’s really a powerful, important movie.