Free Men (2011)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
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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
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Ferroukhi fails to communicate much of the fear and paranoia of living in an occupied city.
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.
Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness.
"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.
A worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.
They are people worth knowing about and pondering in our present, conflicted times.
[A] socially nutritious, unimpeachably competent, but shapeless and sluggish wartime drama about the little-known collaboration between North African immigrants and the French Resistance.
I kept hoping to get caught up in it in more than a coolly intellectual way, but that never happened.
The tension doesn't grip as it should, but it's a worthwhile reminder of a moment of Muslim-Jewish co-operation.
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.
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.
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.
It may lack the punch of his turn in A Prophet, but Rahim again dominates the screen in an effective wartime thriller.
Modest in both budget and impact, it's nonetheless intelligently executed...
Loosely based on real events, this espionage drama set during World War II focuses on the largely overlooked cooperation between Arabic immigrants and the French Resistance.
One of those espionage/war movies in which the usual thrilling chases and shootouts take a back seat to the transformations that occur in the protagonists' minds.
Ferroukhi evokes the unusual setting of his film, the Arab community in war-time Paris, with specificity and brooding atmosphere.
Free Men offers a pleasing historical escape via a story of everyone setting aside religious, colonial, and ethnic divides to unite against the Nazis.
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