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Outside the Law -- A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.
Outside the Law -- A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII, in which three brothers reunite for a common belief.

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Writer:
Rachid Bouchareb (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 2010 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Three brothers. One destiny. Freedom at all costs.
Plot:
A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Days of Glory: Part 2 OUTSIDE THE LAW See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jamel Debbouze ... Saïd

Roschdy Zem ... Messaoud

Sami Bouajila ... Abdelkader
Chafia Boudraa ... La mère

Bernard Blancan ... Faivre

Sabrina Seyvecou ... Hélène

Assaad Bouab ... Ali
Thibault de Montalembert ... Morvan

Samir Guesmi ... 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)
Mustapha Bendou ... Brahim
Nacer Chenouf ... Le condamné
Mostefa Djadjam ... Le tailleur militant
Abdelkader Secteur ... Hamid
Yacine Bendjemline ... Envoyé GPRA
Kheiza Agboubi ... La prostituée
Aziz Boukrouni ... Le militant prison
Mohamed Graïaa ... L'ouvrier Renault
Ikram Azouz ... Omar
Stéphane Temkine ... Le curé
Nisaf Hafsia ... La femme d'Omar (as Nisaf Ben Hafsia)
Pietro Sampieri ... Journaliste de boxe 1
Jean Reynès ... L'imprimeur

Régis Romele ... Le policier du métro
Claude Sesé ... L'organisateur de combats (as Claude Sese)
Pierre Roukhon ... Le docteur du bidonville
Ange Basterga ... Le malfrat
Alain Blazquez ... Le patron du cabaret
Damien Bonnard ... Employé de cabaret
Arbi Aloui ... Messaoud enfant
Mohamed Khalil Djalil ... Abdelkader enfant
Abdelslam Rouabi ... Saïd enfant
Paul Cant ... Journaliste de boxe 2
Christian Crahay ... Le juge
Mohamed Dhirif ... Homme bidonville 2
Arbi Khemiri ... Homme bidonville 1
Corentin Lobet ... Gimenez
Rabia Mokeddem ... La mère de la prostituée
Anne Seiller ... La maquerelle
Harold Van Himst ... Gimenez enfant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Yassine Fadel ... Ouvrier
Gwendolyn Gourvenec ... La femme de Otmani
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eric Larcin ... Contremaître Renault (uncredited)

Directed by
Rachid Bouchareb 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rachid Bouchareb  screenplay

Produced by
Jean Bréhat .... producer
Bernard De Dessus les Moustier .... executive producer
Olivier Dubois .... co-producer
Adrian Politowski .... co-producer
Gilles Waterkeyn .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
 
Cinematography by
Christophe Beaucarne 
 
Film Editing by
Yannick Kergoat 
 
Casting by
Justine Léocadie 
 
Production Design by
Yan Arlaud 
 
Art Direction by
Yan Arlaud 
Laure Lepelley-Monbillard 
 
Costume Design by
Stéphane Rollot 
Edith Vesperini 
 
Makeup Department
Rachel Beeckmans .... assistant makeup artist
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Lelia Delval .... hair stylist
Aurélie Elich .... makeup artist
Alexandra Kourline .... assistant makeup artist
Françoise Quilichini .... key makeup artist
Lisa Schonker .... makeup artist
Michelle Van Brussel .... makeup artist
Kaatje Van Damme .... key makeup artist
Saskia Verreycken .... prosthetics designer
 
Production Management
Marion Boffelli .... assistant production manager
Vincent Canart .... unit production manager: Belgium
Marc Cohen .... assistant unit manager
Cedric Ettouati .... post-production supervisor
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Alexandre Houllier .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Michel .... unit production manager
Sylvain Monod .... production manager
Antonin Morel .... assistant unit manager
Mélanie Pienne .... assistant unit manager
Patrice Pomes .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Levent .... second assistant director
Matthieu Maunier-Rossi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Loïc Chavanon .... property master
Sonia Gloaguen .... assistant art director
Alexis Imbert .... set dresser
Hélène Imbert .... head painter
Thomas Lechevallier .... second assistant art director (2009)
Anne Pinguet .... painter
 
Sound Department
Thomas Bernard .... sound recordist
Erwan Cossic .... dialogue editor
Marc Engels .... sound recordist
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Grégory Noël .... boom operator
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Franck Rubio .... supervising sound editor
Michel Schillings .... second sound re-recording mixer
Antoine Trameçon .... additional assistant sound editor
Seppe van Groeningen .... boom operator
Olivier Walczak .... supervising sound editor
Sébastien Wera .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Noel Chainbaux .... special effects assistant
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects supervisor
Romain Rosier .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Chrystèle Barbarat .... visual effects producer
Nicolas Beaufays .... digital compositor
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor
Florian Chauvet .... visual effects coordinator
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects producer
Ludivine Ducrocq .... production administration
Rémy Froment .... movematcher
Adrien Garcia .... digital compositor
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Julien Lasson .... digital compositor
Guillaume Le Gouez .... digital compositor
Loriane Lucas .... digital coordinator
Gianni Manno .... digital compositor
Marie Maulet .... digital compositor
Tim Mendler .... movematcher
Hugues Namur .... visual effects supervisor
Vincent Perzo .... digital compositor
Joel Pinto .... digital compositor
Guillaume Pondard .... visual effects supervisor
Jean-Francois Theault .... digital compositor
Christian Tomikowski .... digital compositor
Jérémie Touzery .... matte painter
Johann Valette .... movematcher
Caroline Voglaire .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Laurent Alexandre .... assistant stunt coordinator
Malki Attar .... stunt double
Hugo Bariller .... stunts
Yannick Ben .... stunt performer
Christian Bergner .... stunts
Carlos Bonelli .... stunts
Michel Bouis .... stunts
Xavier Brochard .... stunts
Laurent Chevalier .... stunt driver
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunt coordinator
Marc David .... stunts
Olivier Fornara .... stunts
Tarick Hadouch .... stunts
Vladimir Houbart .... stunt driver
Jason Hunjan .... stunt double
Jason Hunjan .... stunts
Mouloud Ikhaddelene .... stunt double
Mouloud Ikhaddelene .... stunts
Sébastien Labie .... stunts
Mathieu Lardot .... stunts
Laurent Larrieu .... stunts
Thierry Legoupil .... stunts
Alban Lenoir .... stunts
Gregory Loffredo .... stunts
David Masse .... stunt driver
Antoine Piquet .... stunts
Olivier Sa .... stunts
Alaa Safi .... stunts
Sébastien Seveau .... stunt driver
Ludo Silemetzoglou .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Makrem Ayari .... assistant camera
Eric Bialas .... b camera operator
Eric Bialas .... dop: second unit
Eric Bialas .... steadicam operator
Julien Covens .... best boy grip
Patrick de Ranter .... additional camera operator
Patrick de Ranter .... additional steadicam operator
Tristan Galand .... electrician
Julia Kundler .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Lacroix .... gaffer
Morgan Lesne .... grip
Farès Messaoud .... second assistant camera: Algéria unit
Bertrand Monette .... additional electrician
Luc Pallet .... first assistant camera
Claire Pierrard .... second assistant camera
Clémentine Quarante-Bauer .... camera trainee
Stéphane Thiry .... key grip
Edwin Van Den Hove .... additional electrician
Bruno Verstraete .... gaffer: second unit
Denis Warnier .... grip
 
Casting Department
Judith Chalier .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nathalie Leborgne .... costumer
Benoît Liebert .... patina & tint
Michèle Pezzin .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Basile Belkhiri .... first assistant editor
Arnaud Caréo .... on-line editor
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Laurence Manheimer .... first assistant editor
Fabien Napoli .... colorist: dailies
Thialy Sow .... editing trainee
 
Music Department
Camille Adrien .... orchestrator
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... orchestrator
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor
Emilie Ruby .... assistant music recordist
Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Francois Muller .... truck driver
 
Other crew
Absi Anis .... production staff
Aude Boedec .... production coordinator
Lucie Bourzam .... production accountant
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... car preparer
Alexandra Gayzal .... location assistant
Pierre Philippe Hendrickx .... legal advisor: Belgium
Mary Hill .... international festival publicity team
Gianni Manno .... end titles designer
Martin Metz .... production executive
Iwona Sellers .... production executive
Élodie Van Beuren .... script supervisor
Anne Berger .... production support executive (uncredited)
Kevin Koeniger .... production & financing coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jeremy Burdek .... special thanks
Nadia Khamlichi .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hors la loi" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
France:138 min | USA:138 min | Argentina:138 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Algeria's official submission to the 2011's Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: ''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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Days of Glory: Part 2 OUTSIDE THE LAW, 23 July 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

Writer Director Rachid Bouchareb's first view of the Algerian involvement in France's participation in World War II as the extraordinary DAYS OF GLORY from 2006. Now he continues his story of the bravery of the Algerians in OUTSIDE THE LAW (HORS-LA-LOI) using many of the same actors but placed in different roles. This is a fast-paced film that covers a lot of territory and time and gives an insider's view of how the Algerian soldiers and the Algerian people struggled post WW II to gain freedom from French colonization. On many levels the films works well: on the level of character development and audience empathy it stumbles - but doesn't fall.

The film opens in 1925 when a family in Algeria faces the French representative who informs a family that the government is taking their ancestral land and home: Le père (Ahmed Benaissa), La mère (Chafia Boudraa) and their three sons Saïd, Messaoud and Abdelkader. Understandably devastated they pack their scant belongings and leave. Jump to 1945 and the massacre of Setif, an event that forces the family to disperse: La mère with Saïd (Jamel Debbouze) move to a shantytown for Algerian refugees outside Paris and Saïd becomes involved with organized crime in Pigalle to support his mother (he begins as a pimp, then as a Cabaret owner, and moves into more dangerous activities such as fixed boxing matches, etc). Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) has become a soldier with the French army in the fruitless war in Indochina (Vietnam) and observes as the French retreat that external colonization of a country will always fail because of the inherent patriotism of the indigent people. Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila), because of this participation in the resistance during the Setif Massacre, has been imprisoned in France where he gains insight from his fellow Algerians that they must revolt and fight to regain independence for Algeria. Once reunited Abdelkadan becomes the driving force behind the Algerian's FLN movement. He is the local figurehead and brains, while his brother Messaoud acts as the muscle and bodyguard. Brother Said continues his pursuit of money through shady night clubs and as a boxing promoter, but he is never far from his brothers' sides - even if he isn't quite as politically motivated. The film jumps to the 1950s and the early 1960s following the development of the Algerian resistance as it becomes a murderous group, assassinating the French officials and police, engaging in fierce gun battles, all the while under the malicious eye of their nemesis Colonel Faivre (Bernard Blancan). As deaths in the family occur the family dwindles but always with the promise to each other that Algeria will gain its independence, a fact the is revealed through historic film footage from 1962.

The film is a tense reenactment of battles and crime scenes, but there is a problem with the script in detailing the personalities of each of the characters beyond their devotion to Algerian independence. Even a marriage and the birth of a son and the death of the mother fail to substantially affect the three brothers beyond the expected reactions. The actors are all excellent but without the benefit of a script that allows them to offer us unique and meaningful individuals they become tropes. As a viewer remembering the brilliance of Days of Glory this film is strangely uninvolving. There is a sense that Rachid Bouchareb feared condemnation by either the Algerians or the French. Much can be said in favor of that stance: no one is 'right' or 'wrong' in war. But at movie's end we are left oddly outside the emotional aspect of the film that was the key to the success of Days of Glory. In the end this is a very well made and powerful film that answers many questions about the French Algerian conflict few of us understand.

Grady Harp

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