Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)

The story of the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII told through the eyes of three brothers. 3.2 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
Outside the Law  (Hors-la-loi)

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Foreign, Thriller
Director Rachid Bouchareb
Cast Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Sabrina Seyvecou Jamel Debbouze
Studio Optimum Releasing
Release Date May 2011
Running Time 138 mins
 

The story of the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII told through the eyes of three brothers.

Review roundup for LONDON RIVER

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Philip Wilding

Engaging, savage and fleetingly paced; a thrilling ride.

06/05/2011

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The New Yorker

Richard Brody

This conventional but passionate melodrama … brings significant historical events memorably to life.

02/11/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

This is the brilliantly staged curtain-raiser to one of what Kipling called "the savage wars of peace", a phrase borrowed by Alistair Horne for the title of his classic history of the Algerian war.

08/05/2011

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

A big, bold film defined by a reserved passion, a stately style and strong performances from its three leads.

04/05/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Fast-paced and atmospheric

06/05/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

A formulaic tale, but told with rough flair.

08/05/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Had it been able to shake off its aura of feel-good historical determinism it would deserve to be cited alongside a movie it sometimes resembles: Melville’s 1969 Army of Shadows.

05/05/2011

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The New York Times

Stephen Holden

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.”

02/11/2010

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The Guardian

Steve Rose

Overlong and a little over-indulgent, but given current events in north Africa, there's an unanticipated resonance to it.

06/05/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Boucharab's attempt to marry a political lesson with the structures of an action movie doesn't always work.

06/05/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

That every political issue is covered from race to poverty to French oppression only makes the dish, like a pizza with an overcrowded topping, harder to keep piping hot.

05/05/2011

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Variety

Jay Weissberg

Rachid Bouchareb ditches whatever subtlety he possessed in favor of all-out propaganda.

21/05/2010

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