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Outside the Law (Hors La Loi) [Blu-ray]
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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.
• Making Of
• Interview with Rachid Bouchareb
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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). Read morePublished on 19 April 2014 by SPAD
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 morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by Dr Abder - Rahmane Derradji
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... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by Miss H. O. Johnson
I would praise this film for it's commendable history based story, but I found it all a bit drab and dull. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2012 by T. BROOKES
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 morePublished on 12 Feb. 2012 by Ian Thumwood
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 morePublished on 10 Dec. 2011 by haunted