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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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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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Trivia

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

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''During the montage of the FLN bombings the film is running backwards. The smoke is moving towards the flames instead of up and away from it. See more »

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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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Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »

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(un)covering up (all the bases)
22 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

It is tough to show both sides of the same medallion, but the movie tries to do just that. It's true that there is a predictability to it, but the characters portrayed by really good french actors give it their best and the movie is worth watching. It is of course handled as mixture drama/thriller to attract a bigger audience, but that does not have to be a bad thing.

I personally liked the Grey area kind of handling/treatment the story received, but I can see why some felt it wasn't rooting for one side or didn't engage the viewer with more involvement in the story. But the characters all act naturally and upon their instinct(s). Of course some things are convenient and to get more information on the background you might need to do further research (and/or look at the deleted scenes of the movie), but that is true of many "historical" (or "based on") movies!


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