Le premier homme


A film by Gianni Amelio

Based on an unfinished novel by

Albert Camus

What name did you say?


Are you a relative?

My father...

...Cormery Henri,

wounded in the battle of the Marne,

died on October 12, 1914.

Was six months old when he died

That doesn't change a thing

there's still too many dead.

But where are those from 1914?

Row C, D or P?

Excuse me, I'll go and check

25 years...

My father is 25 years old


1957, beginning of summer

- How long has it been since you last

visited Algiers? - A bit over a year.

It changed a lot, don't you think?

- I bought you the newspaper.

- No, thank you.

Already read the forecast and it's

going to rain tomorrow. Algerian summer

Your last interview

caused many disputes.

Some say that your

remarks are ambiguous.

One sentence really impressed us:

"A writer can never

measure up to those that die

Do you know the road to Belcourt?

- That's where I live.

- We'll go straight to the university.

- And then we'll take you to a hotel.

- Why a hotel?

It wouldn't be safe

to sleep at home tonight

And all the other nights as well,

if you plan on staying in Algiers

- Not safe?

- It's just a simple precaution,

to avoid endangering

your mother as well.

Good day, Francois Husson,

journalist from "L'Echo d'Alger".

You declared that you're

not interested in politics,

but in today's Algeria

everything is politics.

What's your question?

Do you see yourself as a

left wing or a right wing man?

Go back home, Cormery!

We don't need people like you! Traitor!

- This is not your home!

- It's best if we go inside.


Long live French Algeria!

Long live French Algeria!

It is believed that the university

forms the nation's elite.

That it is the temple of knowledge.

But, instead of thinking

they insult people

and act as provokers.

Fortunately, considering the times

it's just an isolated minority.

A rather large minority, I would say.

He's about to finish

then it's your turn.

It was necessary for

the French blood

to flow through streets

and homes of Algiers,

for us to open our

eyes and see the truth.

It's no longer time for compromises.

Right now the politics

must have but one aim...

Respond to these murderers

blow for brow!

We now have the honour

to receive someone

who needs no further introduction.

Please give a warm welcome to

Jacques Cormery!

Thank you.

Good day to all of you.

The last time I came to this theatre,

I was still a student.

I used to sit up there,

in the last row.


A lot of time has passed and

a lot of things have changed, right?

For a new Algeria...

What subject could

be more important to us

here and now, than this?

Nothing is dearer to my heart

than the destiny of our country

You're no longer Algerian!

Algeria is not France,

and it is no longer Algeria

Algeria is this forgotten land,

neglected, distant and despised

with its mysterious natives

and exotic French,

left to drown in its own blood.

Algeria is this territory,

inhabited by two peoples,

one of which is Muslim.

Not for long!

We easily accept

to believe that only blood

can make the history move forward.

The duty of a writer

is not sewing those

that create history,

but helping those affected by it

I firmly believe

in the possibility of coexistence

between Arabs and French in Algeria.

And that this coexistence,

between free and equal people

- is the only solution.

- Algeria is French!

Thought wouldn't get involved

...but I was wrong.

Don't worry, there's no danger.

How do you feel?

No, not yet,

I'll go see her tomorrow morning

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