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Outside the Law (2010)

Hors la loi (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, War | 22 September 2010 (France)
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A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

Director:

Rachid Bouchareb

Writers:

Rachid Bouchareb (screenplay), Olivier Lorelle
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamel Debbouze ... Saïd
Roschdy Zem ... Messaoud
Sami Bouajila ... Abdelkader
Chafia Boudraa Chafia Boudraa ... La mère
Bernard Blancan ... Colonel Faivre
Sabrina Seyvecou ... Hélène
Assaad Bouab ... Ali
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Morvan
Samir Guesmi ... Otmani
Jean-Pierre Lorit ... Picot
Ahmed Benaissa Ahmed Benaissa ... Le père
Larbi Zekkal Larbi Zekkal ... Le caïd
Louisa Nehar Louisa Nehar ... Zohra
Mourad Khen Mourad Khen ... Sanjak
Mohamed Djouhari Mohamed Djouhari ... L'entraîneur (as Mohamed Djouhri)
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Storyline

After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. 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. Written by Silenzio

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Three brothers. One destiny. Freedom at all costs.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Algeria | Belgium | Tunisia | Italy

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

22 September 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Outside the Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

€20,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Algeria's official submission to the 2011's Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

Goofs

''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 »

Quotes

Saïd: Take the money and buy some clothes.
La mère: [referring to Said Souni's ill-gotten money] Even if I have to stay naked all my life or go barefoot, I won't take your money! God is my witness!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Another hidden treasure
7 July 2014 | by natashabowiepinkySee all my reviews

Guess what... I never took History in school. It was not through lack of want, believe me. So it was only during this World Cup I discovered( From the commentators, no less ) that GASP Algeria used to belong to France. And now, I find myself watching a film about that very struggle, for them be an independent nation. Coincidence, no?

Encompassing about 40 years, Outside The Law centres around One Algerian family as they are forced to give up their lands and move into skid row. There are three brothers, and as they grow up we see them take on very different fates: One becomes a soldier, the other a revolutionary while inside prison, and the last sibling joins the criminal underworld. Eventually, all their paths will collide in the dramatic (and long running) saga of Algeria's eventually successful quest to govern itself. Will Scotland follow suit? Don't hold your breathe.

A wise man once told me: "There is no good film that is too long, and no bad film that is too short". Never a truer word spoken in this case. as it clocks in at just over two hours... yet I was enraptured till the (very bitter) end. The twist-laden plot takes us from one well directed set piece to another, as bullets fly like confetti and bodies are strewn around without mercy. But despite all this chaos, it still has the time for quieter reflective passages which are just as effective. In fact, maybe even more so. It all combines to create a jewel of a movie. Fantastic.

Oh and if there are historic inaccuracies in this script (Which I'm sure there will be) I'm not going to mark it down for that. I'm a critic, not a teacher. Mind you, considering how clueless most of the educators I've met seem to be, maybe that's just as well... 8/10


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