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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.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chafia Boudraa ...
Thibault de Montalembert ...
Jean-Pierre Lorit ...
Ahmed Benaissa ...
Larbi Zekkal ...
Louisa Nehar ...
Mourad Khen ...
Mohamed Djouhari ...
L'entraîneur (as Mohamed Djouhri)


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.


Crime | Drama | War


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Release Date:

22 September 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Outside the Law  »

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€20,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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This film was criticized heavily by some French conservatives saying that it is historically wrong and shows a deviated picture of France. Also at it's premier in Cannes film festival 2010 people were protesting in front of the theater saying that it is insulting France and also in many news papers it was criticized heavily. But the producers defend it saying that director Buchareb met many Algerian families and investigated thoroughly to write the script. See more »


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 »


Viet Minh Propagandist: [unseen, via loudspeaker, to French-led Northern African prisoners of war] You, the colonized Africans, you must follow the example of the Vietnamese people. Your brothers, your wives and your children have a right to justice and freedom! Fighters, do not be the colonists' slaves any longer. Witness the Vietnamese victory, and break free of your chains!
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6.5? Really?
27 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

First of all this is my first review! So why did i choose this movie? Because in my opinion this movie is really underrated and has a low score which is a shame! The other reviewers say that this is a sequel to "Days of Glory" , i have not seen "Days of Glory" but "Hors-la-loi" is a great piece of cinema. Many people such as myself rely on IMDb score and user reviews prior to seeing a movie , and many may be putt off by a score of 6.5 , but believe me and give this one a chance. It's a gritty and noir movie which tells its story without holding back anything! The acting is very good the directing likewise and the cinematography is great. Overall it has some flaws but there are no perfect movies. So if you like movies in general and don't care about the little things than WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!!

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