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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ferroukhi fails to communicate much of the fear and paranoia of living in an occupied city."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"They are people worth knowing about and pondering in our present, conflicted times."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The tension doesn't grip as it should, but it's a worthwhile reminder of a moment of Muslim-Jewish co-operation."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"It's a quietly thoughtful film that eschews cheap sentimentality and - through the assured performance of Rahim - demonstrates that good can come from the most unlikely places."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"A cannily shot thriller."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"Free Men offers a pleasing historical escape via a story of everyone setting aside religious, colonial, and ethnic divides to unite against the Nazis."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"[A] socially nutritious, unimpeachably competent, but shapeless and sluggish wartime drama about the little-known collaboration between North African immigrants and the French Resistance."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Free Men tells the little-known true story of a mosque in Paris that sheltered Jewish citizens hiding from the authorities during the second world war."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Enjoyable French wartime drama that brings a new perspective to a familiar story and features a compelling central performance from Tahar Rahim, but the plot is occasionally frustrating and appears to lack direction."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance; and it's inevitably heartening to see Jewish and Muslim Algerians identify themselves in national, not ethnic or religious, terms, while fighting a common enemy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
""Free Men" is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"I kept hoping to get caught up in it in more than a coolly intellectual way, but that never happened."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Passionate if insubstantial period piece. Rahim is the real deal, though."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
"It may lack the punch of his turn in A Prophet, but Rahim again dominates the screen in an effective wartime thriller."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
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