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Father & Soldier(Tirailleurs)

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France, Senegal · 2023
1h 49m
Director Mathieu Vadepied
Starring Omar Sy, Alassane Diong, Jonas Bloquet, Bamar Kane
Genre Drama, War

During the First World War, a father enlists in the French Army to serve alongside his 17-year-old son, who was forcibly conscripted. Immediately sent to the front, they face combat together in the trenches of colonial Senegal. The story highlights the heroic Senegalese infantrymen forced to leave their homeland and fight for France.

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Fotogramas by Fausto Fernandez

A classic movie in form and in its anti-war and anti-colonialist plea, Father & Soldier doesn't need drones or a camera attached to its characters as cannon fodder to convey chaos and horror.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

The premise is a bit outlandish and movie-ish, and yet it’s handled with aplomb by both director and star, who avoid too many easy clichés while plunging us into the unique, unseen world of the African troops.


Deadline by Valerie Complex

There is no exploration of the severity of French imperialism and no further analysis of the unknown soldiers of the war, which the film touts is mostly Black Africans.

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