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Outside The Law (Hors La Loi) [DVD]

Jamel Debbouze , Roschdy Zem , Rachid Bouchareb    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila
  • Directors: Rachid Bouchareb
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QJAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,603 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Director Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory) brings another Oscar®-nominated film, Outside The Law, a thrilling post-World War II story of three brothers who become separated after losing their family home in Algeria. 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.

Special Features:
• Making Of
• Interview with Rachid Bouchareb

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous crime family drama 8 Jun 2011
Outside the Law is a historical crime family drama strongly reminiscent in tone and visuals to The Godfather and the "young Vito" passages of Godfather II, as well as the guerrilla activism of "Michael Colins" . The film starts with the eviction of a farming family from their land in Algeria in the 20s. The titles roll over newsreel reports of the Victory in Europe celebrations in Paris on May 8, 1945 then cuts to the French security forces' massacre at Sétif of around 6,000 Algerians on the same day. The film pulls no punches in its portrayal of French injustice and brutality, or the ruthlessness - and cruelty - of the Algerian nationalists.

The acting (Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, all familiar from the same director's film Days of Glory), pace of action, storytelling and period atmosphere all make this tremendous film one that only those allergic to subtitles will not enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now One of My Favourites 30 Aug 2013
I am not a big movie fan, but this is now one of my favourite films! I think what I love about it was how all three brothers were so different, encompassing three different kinds of people and passions. I knew nothing about the FLN until I watched this film. It helped me put into perspective my identity as a postcolonial, post-WW2 African. Rather than celebrating after the WW2 like I was taught my grandparens were (at school), they were dying and fighting for independence.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winning a War Can be Messy. 28 Jan 2012
When I watched Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory" I thought it was an unusual and highly effective war film about North Africans fighting for the French cause in the Second World War. But so far as war films go, although it was good, it was not great. I believe this film is another step up the ladder. Bouchareb is not a political film maker like Gillo Pontecorvo who made the most famous film about the Algerian war "Battle for Algiers", his influence is more from across the wide Atlantic. In "Days of Glory" Bouchareb certainly borrowed from "Saving Pivate Ryan" in the films closing scene, and in this one he is again certainly influenced by Hollywood. His characters bear a close resemblence to the close knit Corleone's from the Godfather films. Bouchareb himself refers to Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America", although one might argue this was more Italian in origin than American. There are also darker shades of Jean Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows" about the French resistence. Having just watched Paul Verhoeven's excellent "Soldier of Orange" about the Dutch resistence I was under no illusions as to the nature and risks of an undercover war. As the old adage goes 'one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter'.

Using the same actors from his last film Bouchareb starts them off in Algeria where they are forcibly evicted from their land by the French colonisers. The three brothers end up in a shanty town in France for Algerian immigrant workers. It is there that two of them actively fight for the cause of the Algerian National Liberation Front. This involves rapidly escalating levels of violence. Opposition and opponents are ruthlessly dealt with, which leads to friction between the brothers and the constant threat of capture and torture by the police.
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By Josh
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Illuminating story of Algerian battle for independence, but by immigrants in France rather than in Algeria, so a good companion to the film 'The Battle For Algiers'. A good film but not quite getting the best entertainment out of the complicated subject matter. The directors previous film 'Days of Glory' scores better there, whilst also covering some of the same Algerian issues but during WWII.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 April 2014
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I bought this because I am interested in the French colonial army, and this seemed a natural addition to "Day of Glory" (his earlier film featuring the same actors). Unfortunately I found it a little thin on detail of the post-war French Algerian experience. As a gangster film or a political history offering I have watched better and had I seen it before I bought it I would not have invested the time or the money.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Take on French Colonial Algeria 4 Oct 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is another offering from French film maker Rachid Bochareb and it is the sequel to the acclaimed `Days of Glory' and indeed stars the same actors. Most notably is Jamel Debbouze as `Said as the youngest brother in the family'. The first part dealt with the African colonial forces that helped France rid herself of Nazi occupation. This takes it a stage further to when those same soldiers fight against France for the self determination of Algeria.

The film is predominantly in French with a fair smattering of Arabic and some pretty good sub titles. It starts in 1925 with the family being thrown off their ancestral land by the French and then takes us on a tour of the many low points for France heading toward the painful birth of Algeria. We even have the massive defeat of the French by the Vietnamese at Dien Bien Phu thrown in. This is not a war movie, even though there is plenty of action, and I have to say it gets the thumbs up for attention to period detail. There are depictions of the massacres that took place in both Algeria and Paris too and the only punches pulled are those in the boxing ring that Said sets up as one of his nefarious money making deals.

It deals with the inter political rivalry of the FLN and the MNA, the two leading and conflicting Algerian parties are shown in their brutal reality. It has a noir feel about it in places and shows the crushing poverty that drives people to do extraordinary things. It is well acted, well directed and beautifully shot. It has been criticised for being anti French, but it is really anti colonial and some might see this as a post revisionist guilt trip, but I think it is a slice of awkward history from Frances' recent past.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Bouchareb half succeeded but not fully as the film was based on some...
being an academic and wrote a phd thesis on the subject, i would recommend to watch this film but wth some reservations. for sure Bouchareb had made it but not quitely. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr Abder - Rahmane Derradji
3.0 out of 5 stars Outside the norm - 1950's Algeria tale
I would praise this film for it's commendable history based story, but I found it all a bit drab and dull. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by T. BROOKES
4.0 out of 5 stars Debouze excellent in this action-packed history lesson
Rachid Bouchareb's previous "Days of Glory" is one of the greatest war films ever made and this effort follows very much in the same vein with it's mixture of action, social... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Ian Thumwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Well made but thought it would be better
I was expecting a bit more from this movie. The conflict in mainland France between the French government and Algerians fighting for independence between the 1940's and the 1960's... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by haunted
4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown Quantity
This was bought on a whim.Jammel Debbouze was the only actor I knew and I had enjoyed some of his other movies, especially Angel A. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by bigfella
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing (No spoiler!)
I was looking forward to what has been an explosively controversial film in France, relating as it does the Setif massacre in Algeria 1945, the massacre in Paris 1962 and the... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by G. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars The reward Algerians got helping the French defeat Nazism: 45000...
If you saw Days Of Glory (of the same director), this is the sequel to that movie:
In the second world war when Algeria was still under French occupation since 1830, France... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2011 by Ali Mabrouk
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and unwieldy
Despite the previous review of this blu ray those allergic to subtitles need have no fear of this film as it's offered in English as well though I did have to laugh when the... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by PJ Rankine
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