L’Opium et le Bâton (Algeria, Miscellaneous: 1971)

Director

Ahmed Rachedi

Cast list

Marie-José Nat                                    Farroudja
Sid Ali Kouiret                                      Ali
Jean-Louis Trintignant                    Chaudier
Jean-Claude Bercq                             Delécluze
Mustapha Kateb                                 Lazrak
Rouïched                                               Tayeb

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Credits

Novel (writing): Mouloud Mammeri

Adaptation (writing): Ahmed Rachedi

Music: Philippe Arthuys

Cinematography: Rachid Merabtine

 

Synopsis

This film is set during the Algerian War for Independence. It follows a doctor named Bachir Lazzak who leaves Algiers for the village in the mountains where he was born. The village's inhabitants are soon caught up in the war; the two camps, the French and the Algerians, fight near their village. They struggle to preserve their peaceful way of life despite the chaos around them.

 

Reviews

OPIUM ET LE BÂTON (L')Africultures (online)
 

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