Why so even-handed?
I just saw this excellent film and was so surprised that Saadi Yacef played his own real-life character (give or take a few details). I found an interesting interview with him:
What I found so surprising was that the movie really didn't really demonize the French as much as it could have. I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion on why that would be? It was made just a few years after Algeria became independent, but one would think that Yacef's involvement in the making of the film wouldn't have allowed much sympathy or empathy for the French.
Incidentally, I wish I'd seen this movie before I'd seen "Cache" so I'd have had some context (ok, I admit it's pathetic to get your history lessons from movies, but at least it made me interested in seeing this one).