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Our review of Pour la France: A French History


CHRONICLE - For France, by Rachid Hami, or how to turn a personal drama into a luminous story. That, among other things, of an exemplary integration.

A group of men in front of a campfire, military chants, then a race in the forest to a body of water that must be crossed with heavy helmets on their heads.

A "hustle" as it has always existed in the prestigious school of officers of Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan which is due to this "transmission of traditions" between second and first years.

But the case turns badly.

Aïssa drowns during the exercise.

The magnificent

Pour la France

can begin.

Magnificent because the film by Rachid Hami (dedicated to his brother, Lieutenant Jallal Hami, who died in 2012 in similar circumstances...) is not interested in those responsible (indirectly) for the death of the son of Algerian immigrants nor in some trace of racism which could have been at its origin.

If the director takes as a narrative starting point the approach of the... brother of the deceased, Ishmael, eager to understand what happened despite the omerta of the great mute, it is to better unfold the life of Aïssa.

His childhood in Algeria.


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Source: lefigaro

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