Free Men Reviews

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August 3, 2020
Economical in its craftsmanship and production values, and effective with its lead performance.
January 8, 2019
Its narrative is efficiently told and an air of oppression palpable.
September 18, 2017
A high point for any film is to be graced with the presence of Michael Lonsdale.
June 18, 2012
It's a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of filmmaking, which repays repeat viewing.
May 28, 2012
They are people worth knowing about and pondering in our present, conflicted times.
May 24, 2012
The tension doesn't grip as it should, but it's a worthwhile reminder of a moment of Muslim-Jewish co-operation.
May 24, 2012
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.
May 24, 2012
Passionate if insubstantial period piece. Rahim is the real deal, though.
May 23, 2012
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.
May 23, 2012
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.
May 22, 2012
Ferroukhi fails to communicate much of the fear and paranoia of living in an occupied city.
May 20, 2012
It may lack the punch of his turn in A Prophet, but Rahim again dominates the screen in an effective wartime thriller.
May 15, 2012
Modest in both budget and impact, it's nonetheless intelligently executed...
May 11, 2012
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.
May 3, 2012
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.
April 14, 2012
[Rahim] is the engine running the ship, the command center through which everything else must flow through, the young actor quickly becoming one of the best and most interesting working today.
April 12, 2012
A cannily shot thriller.
March 23, 2012
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.
March 20, 2012
Ferroukhi evokes the unusual setting of his film, the Arab community in war-time Paris, with specificity and brooding atmosphere.
March 16, 2012
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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