Far From Men

2014, Drama, 1h 42m

32 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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In 1950s Algeria, a schoolteacher (Viggo Mortensen) agrees to deliver an admitted murderer (Reda Kateb) to a French court for trial.

Cast & Crew

Nicolas Giraud
Lt. Le Tallec
Jean-Jérôme Esposito
Francis
Hatim Sadiki
Abdelkader
Antoine Régent
Claude
Sonia Amori
Prostitute
David Oelhoffen
Screenwriter
Souad Lamriki
Executive Producer
Bénédicte Bellocq
Executive Producer
Guillaume Deffontaines
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Nick Cave
Original Music
Warren Ellis
Original Music
Stéphane Taillasson
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Khadija Zeggaï
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Critic Reviews for Far From Men

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (5)

  • Expertly assembled to draw out the suspense of danger lurking around each vacant hill... the movie creates a world of paradoxical sentiments: immediate decision-making pitted against the immovable forces of ideology and moral codes.

    May 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Mortensen's post-Lord of the Rings choices have been an idiosyncratic mix: His my-way-or-the-highway approach doesn't always pay off, but it does here with engrossing results.

    May 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What makes it work is the solemn efficiency of director David Oelhoffen's storytelling and the quiet intensity of the two leads: The rough tenderness of Mortensen's gaze plays off well against Kateb's conflicted demeanor.

    May 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • But to expand Camus's slender story to 101 minutes, Oelhoffen decides to say a lot more than the basic dramatic situation necessarily demands.

    May 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Something of a Distinguished Slog.

    May 1, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Surprisingly affecting.

    April 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Expertly assembled to draw out the suspense of danger lurking around each vacant hill... the movie creates a world of paradoxical sentiments: immediate decision-making pitted against the immovable forces of ideology and moral codes.

    May 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Mortensen's post-Lord of the Rings choices have been an idiosyncratic mix: His my-way-or-the-highway approach doesn't always pay off, but it does here with engrossing results.

    May 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What makes it work is the solemn efficiency of director David Oelhoffen's storytelling and the quiet intensity of the two leads: The rough tenderness of Mortensen's gaze plays off well against Kateb's conflicted demeanor.

    May 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • But to expand Camus's slender story to 101 minutes, Oelhoffen decides to say a lot more than the basic dramatic situation necessarily demands.

    May 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Unique location aside, it will show you many things you have seen before, only now you get to see Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb do them. Thing is, they do it good, and the film is never dull or without cinematic beauty.

    January 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A spare tale that considers the futility of neutrality during wartime, against the backdrop of the French-Algerian War in the 1950s.

    December 7, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Far From Men

  • Jul 04, 2017
    Slow but beautifully filmed drama with Arab and French subtitles. One should not let oneself get scared away by that fact, because the bleak landscapes, subtle Nick Cave soundtrack and Mortensen's outstanding acting more than make up for it. The ending is particularly touching.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2015
    A careful and slow-burning drama that knows how to wonderfully explore the desolate landscapes of the Algerian desert and has an intense Viggo Mortensen at the center of a narrative that surprises us as we realize in the end how involved we have become with its characters.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2015
    A marvelous allegory for reconciliation between nations and religions, if only people want it enough. The setting is the war of rebellion of the Algerians against the French in 1954. The vast boulder-strewn mountains, desert, and the abandoned buildings and places are the setting for the journey of two men in desperate straits. The protagonist Daru is an educated descendant of Andalusian guest workers, despised by both the French and the Algerians. He and his prisoner Mohamed must each find a new way of being, and reconciling the past. The film is produced with crystal-clear precision; the thud of gunfire and the landing of bullets sound and look real, with pieces coming out of rocks next to the actors; bodies fall unceremoniously; even the saddlery is authentic, down to the leather of standing martingales. In a beautiful arc to Daru, the horses appear to be of the Andalusian rather than the Arabian type; each horse is superb; in the film, they symbolize the turning points of change. Mortensen as Daru has utter transparency, rendering Daru like a clear lens on the events; he is a teacher in many ways not only one. In contrast, Kateb as Mohamed begins as a dangerous man covered in layers, who gradually reveals his valour, humour and complexity; and an appealing nature; and he must choose his future. The soundtrack is haunting in the way of Paris, Texas. Those who are not great fans of Nick Cave will find that his style suits this film very well. Interestingly, while Cave is lugubrious, the music renders the harsh setting bright. The title "Far From Men" suggests the existentialist dilemma of how to be authentic in the face of freedom; to engage with others who would define us, and to exercise responsible choice; and, like the characters in this film, you have the time to think.
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