Intimate Enemies
Intimate Enemies (2007)

Young lieutenant Terrien (Benoà (R)t Magimel, Best Actor Cannes 2001 for The Piano Teacher) takes command of an outpost in Algeria, a country fighting for its independence from France. He befriends a local young boy joining his platoon and… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 3, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Mike Hale
New York Times

A movie you've seen before, when it was set on the Apache reservation or in the Vietnamese jungle.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Director Florent Emilio Siri ('The Nest', 'Hostage') shows ability in action sequences and group dynamics but his film never develops sufficiently to raise it much above the conventional.

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Cath Clarke

It's all rather conventional, drawing on the blockbuster big bangs and special effects he must have picked up in Hollywood making the Bruce Willis thriller Hostage.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Along the way, Siri exposes French hypocrisy -- showing that the Algerian rebels were only doing what the French Resistance did in battling the Nazis who ruled their country in WorldWar II.

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Dennis Harvey

Visceral and engrossing.

David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A harrowing but formulaic insight into the realities experiened by French conscripts during the Algerian War.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

With its sententious air of historical reckoning, Enemies is an impressive monument, but not a moving one.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Says so much that's familiar if not downright clichéd, it winds up saying nothing at all.

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Neil Bastian

Terrien's journey is more conventional, but still powerful and well acted.

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