Outside the Law

Rated NR 138 minutes 2010

This panoramic historical drama by writer-director Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory) takes the form of a violent family saga, as three Algerian brothers (played by actors Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, and Jamel Debbouze) take divergent paths but nonetheless all end up in trouble in Paris in the 1950s – shades of the Algerian independence movement. Has a strong whiff of the topical potboiler about it, but Bouchareb coaxes worthy perfs from his three leads and fills in a full load of French underworld flavor – while borrowing liberally from The Battle of Algiers, the Godfather movies, and even Malcolm X. Sincere and weighty. (138 min.)

Film Credits

Director: Rachid Bouchareb

Producer: Jean Bréhat, Adrian Politowski, Olivier Dubois and Gilles Waterkeyn

Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa, Bernard Blancan, Sabrina Seyvecou, Assaad Bouab, Thibault de Montalembert, Samir Guesmi and Jean-Pierre Lorit


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