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FREE MEN

Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 1 / 
  • France / 
  • 2011 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 99 min
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"Both subtle and magnetic...Tahar Rahim [is] one of France's finest young actors...[FREE MEN] contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas."
– A. O. Scott, The New York Times
"A testament to Rahim's screen presence...Free Men proves that the can't-take-your-eyes-off-him charisma the Franco-Algerian actor displayed in Jacques Audiard's A Prophet was no fluke."
– David Fear, Time Out New York
"[Tahar Rahim] has an undeniable screen presence that recalls a young Robert DeNiro [and] Lonsadale is, like always, a pleasure to watch."
– Jordan Mintzner, The Hollywood Reporter

Synopsis

In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim's beautiful voice and strong personality. When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating with the police and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.

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Customer Reviews


Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
Initially, I thought that this would be a love story between a hidden Jewish woman and a muslim man working the black market. It's actually a transformation of an apathetic man who comes to understand and fight for human dignity against Nazi atrocities. Excellent!

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Director Ismaƫl Ferroukhi
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Younes (TAHAR RAHIM)
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Younes (TAHAR RAHIM) and Salim (MAHMOUD SHALABY)
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Younes (TAHAR RAHIM) and Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit (MICHAEL LONSDALE)
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Leila (LUBNA AZABAL)
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Younes (TAHAR RAHIM) with gun
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Younes (TAHAR RAHIM) with running girl