Far from Men


Far from Men

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Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee together across the Atlas Mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. Pursued by horsemen seeking summary justice and vengeful settlers, the two men decide to confront the unknown. Together they fight to gain their freedom. (C) Tribeca

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Reda Kateb
as Mohamed
Djemel Barek
as Slimane
Nicolas Giraud
as Lieutenant Le Tallec
Hatim Sadiki
as Abdelkader
Sonia Amori
as The Prostitute
Antoine Laurent
as The French Soldier
Ángela Molina
as Señorita Martínez
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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (26) | 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…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • 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…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • Something of a Distinguished Slog.

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

    Apr 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Camus sets the movie's initial course, but Mr. Oelhoffen resolutely steers it home with political context, historical hindsight, an unambiguous moral imperative and a pair of well-matched performances; put another way, he makes the story his own.

    Apr 30, 2015 | 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.
    . . Super Reviewer

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