The Colonel (2006 film)

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The Colonel
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Mon colonel
Directed by Laurent Herbiet
Produced by Salem Brahimi
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Michèle Ray-Gavras
Screenplay by Costa-Gavras
Jean-Claude Grumberg
Laurent Herbiet
Based on Mon colonel
by Francis Zamponi
Starring Olivier Gourmet
Robinson Stévenin
Cécile de France
Music by Armand Amar
Cinematography Patrick Blossier
Edited by Nicole Berckmans
K.G. Productions
Les Films du Fleuve
Distributed by Pathé
Release date
  • 11 September 2006 (2006-09-11) (TIFF)
  • 5 November 2006 (2006-11-05) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget € 5.2 million[1]

The Colonel (French: Mon colonel) is a 2006 French-Belgian film directed by Laurent Herbiet based on the novel by Francis Zamponi.


France, 1993. The retired Colonel Raoul Duplan is shot in his home. As the police are baffled, young army officer Galois is brought to help the investigation. Shortly thereafter she receives a letter containing some diary pages of a lieutenant Guy Rossi who served in 1955 in the Algerian war under the command of Duplan and disappeared in 1957 under mysterious circumstances. Every day Galois receives a continuation of the diary in which Rossi describes in detail his ambivalent relationship to Duplan and his dirty methods. As she reads the diary the film flashes back to black-and-white scenes of Rossis' experiences. Rossi witness torture and public executions, and finds himself torn between wanting peace and disgust at the brutal methods being employed to secure it. Rossi inadvertently reveals information to a friend sympathetic to the rebels which may have led to the murder of a shopkeeper who was providing information to the French army. Ordered by Duplan to command a firing squad, he resolves to disobey his superior's orders. It is revealed he left the diary with the friend with the intended final recipient being his father because he feared for his life. A recent appearance on TV of Col. Duplan prompted his friend to finally deliver the letter to Rossis' father, who, when confronted by Galois readily reveals he has been the one sending the diary and that he committed the murder because Duplan expressed no remorse for his son's murder, Duplan justifying himself by saying Rossi was a traitor. The film ends somewhat ambiguously as Galois, as an army officer, lacks the authority to arrest the elder Rossi, and while driving back from the interview, seems moved by the experience and decides to get lunch with her commanding officer instead of immediately returning to the office.



  1. ^ "Mon colonel". JP's Box-Office. 

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