Outside the Law details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Sabrina Seyvecou, Assaad Bouab, Régis Romele|
|Directors:||Rachid Bouchareb, Rachid Bouchareb|
|Genres:||Drama, Thriller, World Cinema|
Outside the Law
|2hrs 13 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 13 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Brutal and grippingBy Dungbeetle (503 reviews) from London , 28 Oct 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Algerian film with subtitles. A well paced portrayal of events in the 1945 to 1955 period when Algeria strived to gain independence from France. It centres on two brothers who set up a gang of freedom fighters in Paris with a third brother pursuing his dream of managing the first Algerian Boxing Champion. The film jumps unevenly through the years without proper explanation but the strong direction and excellent performances from all three lead actors and their arch rival the National Security chief keep you gripped. It does not refrain from the brutality of the French towards the Algerians in their efforts to control insurrection.
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Historic and brutalBy a customer , 19 Feb 2012Historic tale of a now largely forgotten conflict with brutality by both sides. Enlightening insight into Algeria's fight for independence.
Don't mess with the brethrenBy a customer , 17 Feb 2012This reminds me why I'm a fan of Francophone cinema - its film makers are savvy enough to confront difficult topics in an elegant and informative, yet still entertaining way. .
The characters may be a little formulaic - the revolutionary, the man trying to fit in and the patriot who realises that his love of country is for the wrong country, but I suppose trying to cram most of the history of the modern Algerian independence struggle means that a bit of stereotyping has to be done.
The acting is very good, the sense of period is well evoked and the film flows and builds well. It sort of reminded me of The Godfather Part 2.
great storyBy scooby2 (13 reviews) , 16 Feb 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideit was a great story ,very brutal having to leave their home ,,then all they went through ,,very good but i wish it was in english ,,i,ll check that with the films i get in future ,,,
Can Violence be the way for FreedomBy Norfolkgal (61 reviews) , 09 Feb 2012A film for historians and an account of the struggles of Algeria for independence. The story plays out in Algeria, a beautiful opening shot of a dusty expanse to the miserable shanty town in France. The story follows the 3 brothers whose characters were created for the movie from childhood in Algeria and their eventual situation in the shacks as the movement for a free Algeria develops. The film is subtitled and gripping which is as well since it's long. The brutality of the war between France, the Colonial master and the oppressed Algeria is clearly demonstrated and will leave you with mixed feelings. The director wants to show the Algerian's feelings but it appears that the actions of the FLN, the freedom party, were as bad as that of the French. Worth watching.
Great Film of Shameful French HistoryBy PedroDurham (16 reviews) from Durham , 08 Feb 2012This film is compelling , fast moving, sad story line , True?
A great film to watch, demonstrating the terrible actions of Colonial Goverments in the 20th Century. A superb film