Days of Glory
Rachid Bouchareb's powerful pedagogical film chronicles the journey of four North African soldiers who join the French army to help liberate France from Nazi occupation during World War II, re-creating a chapter largely ignored by history. The film -- which drew an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film and won a 2006 Cannes Film Festival award for its ensemble cast -- pays overdue tribute to the heroism of these forgotten troops.
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- Rachid Bouchareb
- 2007 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Foreign Film nominee
- 2007 Academy Award®
- Best Foreign Language Film nominee
NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this subtitled French World War II drama deals with mature subject matter and has combat action scenes that are especially brutal (dismembered, bloody, burning, and exploding bodies). The focus on the French Caucasian troops' racism toward their Muslim fellows leads to tension and fights. A Muslim soldier and a white woman embrace and kiss (and she appears in a slip). Cigarette smoking, some drinking, and plenty of subtitled swearing and other language ("f--k," "s--t," and some arguments involving epithets like "wog").
- Sexual Content
- A soldier and a woman kiss and embrace briefly.
- Frequent, harsh battlefield action, with explosions, burning, and bloody bullet wounds; a frustrated soldier stabs at a body with his bayonet (his fellows accuse him of savagery); fights between soldiers feature punching, pushing, and one assault with a knife; dead bodies and acts of violence "punctuate" characters' emotional trajectories.
- Repeated uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and some racist language ("wog"), all in subtitles.
- Social Behavior
- The French Caucasians are overtly racist; the Algerians/Muslims resist in various ways, sometimes with violence.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Frequent cigarette smoking (it's the 1940s); some drinking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it