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  • Summary: 1943. The young North Africans had never stepped foot on French soil but because France was at war, Said, Abdelkader, Messaoud and Yassir enlisted in the French Army, along with 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers," to liberate the "fatherland" from the Nazi enemy. These heroes that history forgot won battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion. (The Weinstein Company) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    On the list of WWII stories criminally ignored by six decades of combat movies in the past 60 years, the heroics of French colonial soldiers ranks pretty high. But Rachid Bouchareb's powerful drama -- which won the 2006 Cannes Film Festival's best-actors award for its superb ensemble cast and was nominated for a best foreign-language-film Oscar, went a long way toward rectifying the situation, both on screen and in real life.
  2. A splendid war movie. The combat sequences are harrowing -- all the more so for the director's spare, sharp-eyed style -- and the performances are phenomenally fine.
  3. 88
    Bouchareb's film helped shame the French government into raising pensions for more than 80,000 of these veterans. Here's that rare movie that really did change things. I'll be damned.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    A war film more of sober, grim reflection than balls-out escapades. Yet it grips consistently, its bursts of combat delivering gut-punches of veracity.
  5. Conventional, but intensely passionate, war movie.
  6. 75
    The notions of sacrifice, patriotism, race and self-identity are compellingly questioned, and the battle sequences are realized with stirring intensity.
  7. The story here isn't much, and the truth it reveals, to them and us, isn't earthshaking, just quiet and somber.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. PeterF.
    Apr 25, 2008
    Brilliant on just about all fronts. Easy to follow, simple with an important aim. Essential viewing.
  2. SamJ.
    Dec 28, 2006
    I saw this at the Angelika during its one-week qualifying run. Despite the rodents that were scampering around on the center rug of the underground multi-plex's Theatre #2 (subways are within a few feet of the theatres and can always be heard), I found this co French/Algerian war film as truly great. Expand
  3. PaulK.
    Mar 28, 2007
    It takes awhile for this to get going and it reminded me quite a bit of letters from Iwo Jima...same basic set up/similar premise. The end sequence is worth it for sure. Catch it on video, at the very least. Expand
  4. SalP.
    May 12, 2007
    Top of its kind! Very moving.
  5. ElliotZ.
    Dec 11, 2006
    I didn't know what to expect from "Days of Glory," but the end result surprised me. With the exception of some annoyingly arrogant characters, "Days of Glory" refreshes as a different take on the World War II film genre. Defeating the Nazis only serves as a backstory, for the real story focuses on the problems of inequality and the vague meanings of justice. "Days of Glory" will not appeal to everyone, but those who give this film a chance will be pleasantly surprised. Expand
  6. GeneE.
    Mar 2, 2007
    If it this film came out of Hollywood, and were in English, its cliche-ridden scenes would probably glean tepid reviews. Put it in subtitles, and then burnish it with a noble theme, and the critics manage to persuade themselves they weren't bored. Expand