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Days of Glory

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sobering look at WWII from Algerian perspective.

Movie R 2007 123 minutes
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Days of Glory is alternately a rousing war picture and a somber mediation on the lingering effects of racism. It was a 2007 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and was produced in part to encourage the French government to reimburse the pensions of all North African soldiers who fought for France in World War II.

While the war brings on the soldiers' optimism, it is, of course, also terrible and traumatic. Depicted in breathtaking long shots (bodies like dots against desert landscapes; shadowy figures making their way quietly through snowy woods) and harrowing close-ups (faces frozen in pain or anguish), the Arab soldiers struggle with their loyalties (at one point, they're solicited by Nazi leaflets inviting them to "cross over" to a nation that will welcome them as brothers). As each man comes to terms with his limits and hopes, the film never loses sight of the broad context with which they must all contend.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 16, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: June 12, 2007
  • Cast: Jamel Debbouze , Roschdy Zem , Samy Naceri
  • Director: Rachid Bouchareb
  • Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Weinstein Co.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 123 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: war violence and brief language.
  • Last updated: June 2, 2022

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