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Loin des hommes (2014)

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Algeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.

Director:

David Oelhoffen

Writers:

David Oelhoffen, Albert Camus (short story: L'Hôte) | 1 more credit »
9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Daru
Reda Kateb ... Mohamed
Djemel Barek Djemel Barek ... Slimane
Vincent Martin Vincent Martin ... Balducci
Nicolas Giraud ... Lieutenant Le Tallec
Jean-Jérôme Esposito Jean-Jérôme Esposito ... Francis
Hatim Sadiki Hatim Sadiki ... Abdelkader
Yann Goven Yann Goven ... René
Antoine Régent Antoine Régent ... Claude
Sonia Amori Sonia Amori ... La prostituée
Antoine Laurent Antoine Laurent ... Le soldat français
Ángela Molina ... Señorita Martínez
Yassir Jahraf Yassir Jahraf ... Yassin
Salma Aït Idder Salma Aït Idder ... Salma
Abdellah Echabbi Abdellah Echabbi ... Rebelle groupe Abdelkader
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Algeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.

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Genres:

Drama | War | Western

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

14 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Far from Men See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Mortenesen had his first meeting with Oelhoffen, he brought him two biographies of Albert Camus and the movie script with notes everywhere. The meeting lasted six or seven hours and it was all day speaking about the script. See more »

Soundtracks

El Día Que Me Quieras
Music by Carlos Gardel (uncredited) and lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera (uncredited)
Performed by Carlos Gardel
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Thoroughly excellent. One of my very few 10 out of 10s.
25 May 2015 | by ianstuartperkinsSee all my reviews

Daru (Viggo Mortensen)is a second-generation Spanish-Algerian, teaching Arab children in a remote school during Algeria's struggle for independence. He is viewed as a Frenchman by the Arabs, and as an Arab by the French. He gets saddled with the task of taking Mohamed (Reda Kateb), a common, that is non-political, criminal to the authorities in Tinguit. The pair encounter Algerian freedom fighters, French soldiers, Arab tribesmen, stunning landscapes and more along the way. At each turn, Daru's values, culture, position and assumptions are thrown into question, and his bond with Mohamed deepens. Yet at all points this remains a movie with a compelling storyline and beautiful cinematography. There is never a hint of heavy-handed social commentary or political soap-boxing. As a thriller/adventure, or character drama, it would be excellent. But through Daru and Mohamed's developing relationship, the social and political fabric of Algeria is explored at the same time, with exquisite but down-to-earth sensitivity, from the points of view of two ordinary, honest, and in their different ways fundamentally good men.


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