La 317ème section / The 317th Platoon

TitleLa 317ème section / The 317th Platoon
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1965
AuthorsSchoendoerffer, Pierre
Running Time1h 40m
Date Released03/31/1965
Publication LanguageFrench, Vietnamese

This French film, directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer, offers a close examination of French and Laotian soldiers near the end of First Indochina War (1946–1954). A French platoon retreats to Dien Bien Phu to provide reinforcements for the Battle there, which started in March 1954  and lasted three months, but it faces a dangerous trek through the jungle. Tensions between the platoon's leader, an inexperienced officer, and a sergeant, a veteran of World War II, subside as they encounter guerilla soldiers and disease on their way to the decisive battle. 

Original PublicationLa 317ème section
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