Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)
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After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement; Sad 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.-- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a big, bold film defined by a reserved passion, a stately style and strong performances from its three leads."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
""Outside the Law" is an epic film about Algeria's fight for liberation from France, with three outstanding performances and a grand, sweeping feel."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Ultimately, the common criminal has as much in common with the career soldier and the idealistic revolutionary . . . ."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Bouchareb makes subtle points here about the damaging legacy of colonial rule."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Bouchareb is not, as Pontecorvo was, a political film-maker. He's a humanist with a strong feeling for personal tragedies and people caught up in the tides of history."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"It's a ham-handed "issue" movie that preaches to the converted, but the mid-century threads look cool and those Coppola moments remain effective all these years later."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A gripping French-Algerian coproduction that makes Algeria's epic struggle for independence from France look like a gangster movie."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Outside The Law is a fairly run of the mill slice of historical action/crime-drama, but ironically one that has just enough story to sustain your attention, but all too little historical fact to truly deserve your it to begin with."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Exciting but one-sided, Bouchareb's film is a Melville-lite study of honour among dangerous men."
‑ Sam Wigley, Total Film
"There is no doubt where Bouchareb's sympathies lie but his attempt to marry a political lesson with the structures of an action movie doesn't always work. Current events give his argument renewed force, however."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Think The Godfather II as told through France vs. Algeria tensions, and you have the essence of Rachid Bouchareb's vivid combo crime saga, action movie and historical drama."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The movie is impressively made but finally feels rote and, at 138 minutes, outstays its welcome."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Part Western, part Godfather and with topical reflections of French colonialism meeting contemporary struggles for freedom in north Africa head-on, this is a thought-provoking film despite its over-ambitious nature."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"A little on the long side, it nonetheless keeps us involved in the deadly cat-and-mouse games between the Algerian freedom fighters and increasingly desperate police, and the performances from the reliable trio of lead actors are excellent."
‑ Philip Concannon, The Skinny
"It's overlong and a little over-indulgent, but given current events in north Africa, there's an unanticipated resonance to it."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
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