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Outside the Law (2010)
"Hors la loi" (original title)

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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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Algeria's official submission to the 2011's Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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A lumpy saga of Algerian resistance in metropolitan France
4 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On 5 July 2012 Algeria will commemorate 50 years of independence. 'Hors-la-loi' thematically exploits Algeria's struggle for its liberation from France. The sum and substance of the film is a family saga of how three brothers take part in, and react to organizing the Algeria resistance in metropolitan France: Abelkader is the brains, Messaoud, the brawn, and Said, a pimp and fight promoter in Pigalle, who, in the end redeems his bona fide as a patriot. From the reenactment of colonial repression in Setif in 1945 until independence in 1962, 'Hors-la-loi' is told by the numbers. The acting is uninspired; at times, it is lethargic, and the story seemingly never looses its cartoon-like character. Although director Rachid Bouchareb's heart is in the right place, the film has the feel of re-enforced concrete. Bouchareb would have been bettered serve in documentary film format, to spool out the his theme.


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