From writer-director Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory aka Indigenes) comes the film Outside the Law, the story of three brothers who fight for Algeria's independence from France after World War II. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement; Said moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
With its mixture of righteous politics and family turmoil, this didactic, unashamedly manipulative film wants to be something like a cross between Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 classic of the French Resistance, and The Godfather.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 11.04.2010
Bouchareb's intensely dramatized, passionately partisan story of militancy in the struggle for Algerian independence from France after World War II makes effective use of Godfather storytelling theatrics.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 11.03.2010
Brings significant historical events memorably to life, largely through the galvanizing force of a trio of committed and thoughtful performances.Richard Brody, New Yorker, 11.21.2010
Extremely well-acted, suspenseful and produced on a lavish scale, "Outside the Law" may oversimplify the complex politics, but it's a worthy companion piece to "Army of Shadows."Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 11.04.2010