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Hors la loi (2010)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, War | 22 September 2010 (France)
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A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

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Saïd
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Messaoud
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Abdelkader
Chafia Boudraa ...
La mère
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Faivre
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Hélène
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Ali
Thibault de Montalembert ...
Morvan
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Otmani
Jean-Pierre Lorit ...
Picot
Ahmed Benaissa ...
Le père
Larbi Zekkal ...
Le caïd
Louisa Nehar ...
Zohra
Mourad Khen ...
Sanjak
Mohamed Djouhari ...
L'entraîneur (as Mohamed Djouhri)
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After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won. Written by Silenzio

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Three brothers. One destiny. Freedom at all costs.

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Crime | Drama | War

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Outside the Law  »

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€20,000,000 (estimated)
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Algeria's official submission to the 2011's Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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The French air force plane in 1953 in Indochina seems to be a today's Hercule C130, instead of a Noratlas that was used then. See more »

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La mère: [to Abdelkader Souni in prison] Listen to me carefully. You're neither a thief, nor a murderer. You're not a criminal. You're in prison for your ideas.
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Downbeat story about the Algerian independence movement
26 November 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Outside the Law details a period in French-Algerian history from the end of the Second World War to Algerian independence. It follows three Algerian brothers who move to France and take completely different paths. One of them joins the French army, another becomes a political radical, while the third embarks of a life of crime. All of them are eventually brought together in the unified cause of Algerian independence and equal rights. It begins and ends with notorious bloody events.

Much seems to have been made about the liberties that this film has taken with the facts surrounding certain key historical events. I am not in any position to say if this is a justified complaint or not, as I simply do not know. However, I think it's only fair to say that the plot-line follows a historically accurate path; whether or not the emphasis of events is skewered or not I can't say but, if so, it would not be the first time in cinema history that a film exaggerates for dramatic effect. Whatever the case, it's certainly a period in history that hasn't been depicted in films very often from what I can gather.

While I did enjoy the film, I didn't think it was nearly as good as Rachid Bouchareb's earlier film Days of Glory. That latter film dealt with a similar theme - the difficulties French Algerians have experienced in their adopted land. I felt that Outside the Law didn't share that movie's sympathetic characters or its dynamic plot trajectory. It's overall a much more down-beat story.


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