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"Free Men" has a few things going for it, like its unique angle on occupied France, just as nationalism for North Africa was starting to kick into gear with immigrants being pulled in two separate directions at once. But even with a milieu as neat as this one, you need a decent story which is missing here. Plus, the lead character is more than a little lacking.(Whether this is because Younes is only a composite character and Salim and Ben Ghabrit were real people is up for debate.) But then somebody should have told Michael Lonsdale, possibly miscast as he is, that this wasn't his movie, as he steals it simply through the careful application of quiet dignity.
Michael Lonsdale's turn is several light years away from his turn as Dr. Drax in Moonraker but close in spirit to his performance in Gods and Men, where he plays a Christian brother surrounded by fundamentalist militias in Algeria and the mood and pace of the film works well - a nice counterpoint to the more rumbustious In Darkness that saw the Jews of Lviv protected by black marketeers in that Ukrainian city's cellars.