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(aka "Ni le ciel ni la terre" )


directed by Clément Cogitore
France/Belgium 2015


Placed in charge of a "calm sector" in the middle of a lonely valley bordering a village of shepherds, Captain Antarès Bonassieu (Jérémie Renier, SUMMER HOURS) and his men at first suspect Taliban sympathizers rumored to be hiding in the mountains when his soldiers start inexplicably disappearing shortly after the villagers burn a goat as an offering in the valley. Although Bonassieu at first finds a seemingly logical explanation as to why radar surveillance and motion detectors were unable to pick up any evidence of the men wandering off or being captured. When another man disappears in the presence of his watch partner, Antarès can only come to the conclusion that oversensitive William (Kévin Azaïs, LES COMBATTANTS) either fell asleep or is the unlikeliest of enemy collaborators. When Taliban soldiers lead by "Sultan" (Hamid Reza Javdan) make contact with Bonassieu to negotiate, it turns out that they too suspect the French soldiers of kidnapping their missing men. As single men disappear nightly, Bonassieu finds himself willing to make a deal with the Taliban - which includes letting them raid and burn down the shepherds' village - rather than believe the local superstitions that the valley belongs to Allah who comes to take any man or beast that sleeps on the earth (save sheep who sleep standing when they are alone and wary of attack). The latest in the genre of war movies whose horrors are externalized supernaturally (THE SQUAD, THE BUNKER, DEATHWATCH), NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH is rather over-familiar for much of its running time but is one of the few of this strand to feature an ending that is still ambiguous but satisfying as the compromised protagonist reconciles his duty with what he has been forced to believe.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 30 September 2015 (France)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:44:08

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.0 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French/Persian Dolby Digital 5.1; French/Persian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Audio Commentary by director Clément Cogitore
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:50)
� Short Film 'Among Us' (16:9; 29:49)
� Trailers

DVD Release Date: December 6th, 2016

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Film Movement's dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic encode adequately conveys the film's complex look of harshly lit exteriors that are less shaky-cam and more documentary-esque (as befits the experience of the director) and night scenes either viewed through night vision goggles or with characters almost entirely swallowed up by darkness. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is effective in evoking dread from natural sounds rather than goosing the soundscape with irrational horror movie atmospherics while the 2.0 track is serviceable. The French dialogue is translated by optional English subtitles or the choice of closed captioning (the Persian dialogue is interpreted by a bilingual character into French before it is subtitled). Extras consist of an audio commentary by the director who describes the Morocco shoot, the casting, and how the film mirrors his documentary film origins while containing necessary war movie cliches. A short film by the director is also included that shows perhaps the seed of an idea that would become the feature.

  - Eric Cotenas

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