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LA TRAHISON

Drama, War| France, Belgium| 2005 | 80 min | French, Arabic (English subtitles)
Director: Philippe Faucon
With:  Vincent Martinez, Ahmed Berrahma, Cyril Troley, Walid Bouhzam, Patrick Descamps, Corentin Lobet, Morgan Marine, Thomas Stuck, Jean-Michel Vovk
Immigrants Story: Algeria

Algeria, 1960. War has been raging for six years and it will take two more years before Algeria – in French hands since 1830 – gains independence following a referendum settled by General De Gaulle.

Lieutenant Roque, a Frenchman, is in command of an isolated post of thirty soldiers in the south-eastern region of Algeria. All the men have been drafted; among them are four young Muslims – French of North African origin as was said back then. Everyone is tired of this interminable war and eager to lead normal lives again. Roque sometimes manages to gain people’s trust, even if many are no doubt secretly partisans of the FLN (National Liberation Front) and Algerian independence.

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Selections:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2005)

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival

       (The Netherlands, 2006)

  • Festival du cinéma méditerranéen Manarat

       (Tunisia, 2019)

  • Seattle International Film Festival (2006)

  • San Francisco International Film Festival (2006)

Film Reviews:

Understated, tautly constructed war story The Betrayal takes a timely look back to the 1960 Algerian war of independence. Smart script co-written by Moroccan-born French helmer Philippe Faucon pulls off the difficult task of doing justice to opposing positions while withholding enough information to maintain suspense.

– Variety

 

In the powerful Betrayal, with beautiful roles by Vincent Martinez and Ahmed Berrhama, among others, Faucon shows the complexity and absurdity of war. Not with bloodstained images, but in a psychological way: the greatest battle takes place in the heads of the people.

– Rotterdam International Film Festival 

 

 The Betrayal/La trahison is rich in atmosphere with lots of authentic-looking Algerian faces, the omnipresent sound of Algerian Arabic. The film is the stark but convincing chronicle of a French army unit's day to day maneuvers as it crosses a patch of half deserted Algerian countryside in the summer of 1958 ferreting out fellaghas (FLN members).

 – San Francisco International Film Festival