Outside the Law

Three brothers. One destiny. Freedom at all costs.


Outside the Law
This historical drama takes a look at Algeria's fight for independence from France, through the eyes of three brothers. After having their land stolen from them, they move to France, where they each follow very different life paths. After a few years, they rejoin to fight for Algerian independence, bringing their life experiences and talents to bear on the problem. The film ends in 1962 when Algeria achieved freedom. In French language with English subtitles.

135 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Violence).
Crime, Drama, Period piece, War, On the art circuit
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Credits

Cast
Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa, Bernard Blancan, Sabrina Seyvecou
Director
Rachid Bouchareb
ScreenplayRachid Boucharreb
MusicArmand Amar
CinematographyChristophe Beaucarne
EditingYannick Kergoat
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2010
Produced byA consortium of European companies

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageInfrequent
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceFrequent, bloody, gory, graphic, moderate to strong
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseVery mild alcohol and tobacco
CommentsVery intense movie dealing with the resistance movemnt in Algeria, fighting for independence. Intense scenes of threat and menace.
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Kirk Honeycutt quote iconAbsorbing look at liberation
10
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconKolonialisme se invloed strek ver
10
Box Office
Richard Mowe quote iconOutside the Law is epic in scale and comparable in tone and scope to other crime sagas like The Untouchables or Once Upon a Time in America, as such it could well break out of its arthouse confines. It has the added honor of being Algeria's Oscar contender in the best foreign language category.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe film is very well made. The actors create individual characters, within the limitations of what is essentially a formula.
15
Metacritic.com
14 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
38 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer
15
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
13

What the People say

Internet
1239 Netizens
13

Average .. 64%

13

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