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Loin des hommes (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, War, Western | 14 April 2015 (USA)
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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:

Albert Camus (short story: L'Hôte), Antoine Lacomblez (collaboration) | 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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Budget:

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

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The decor in Daru's bedroom includes a framed photograph of Viggo Mortensen's mother. 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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Breaking the Cycle of Revenge
5 December 2015 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

There are those who fight and even kill for something as little as wounded pride. As ridiculous as this may seem, there are many situations and places where revenge the only option. Revenge is not just expected, it is demanded or even mandated. It takes an extremely strong and courageous person to break the cycle of violence.

"Far From Men" takes viewers into the misty Atlas Mountains of Algeria in 1954 and the lives of two men who are trying to break the revenge cycle. It is the beginning of an uprising against the French. Daru, a local school teacher as well as a World War II veteran, is tasked with transporting a prisoner, Mohamed, to a nearby town for trial. Daru chides Mohamed for weakness and cowardice in not attempting to escape or doing much to resist those who hound him. "React!" screams Daru, "aren't you a man?!" Yet things are not so simple. As the two men travel in the moonlight, rainfall and cold of the night, Daru gradually understands the difficult and challenging choices that Mohamed faces. Daru may be able to help Mohamed, yet at what price?

Viggo Mortensen plays Daru and represents him extremely well. I really enjoy the roles that Viggo plays. Usually, as here, Viggo's characters struggle for justice, truth and dignity against formidable odds. All the actors do a fine job in this film. The film images, organization, dialogue, depth, directing, themes and storyline, are also very well done. Really the only things lacking are a fabulous soundtrack, a certain amount of depth to each nuance of the film and, perhaps, a love interest. Far From Men became available on Netflix this week.


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