Hors la loi

Hors la loi

           Hors la loi
               Genre: Drama
               Terrorism, France, Algeria, colonialism, Cannes 2010, Independence, FLN
  There was to Rachid Bouchareb competition entry Hors la loi at the Palais de Festival Cannes in an increased security level: twice, the pockets of the journalists were searched, all beverages and liquids had to be made. Is France really so concerned about a film that depicts the struggle of the FLN, the Algerian independence fifty years ago? Has actually been no work-up of the colonial past, one wonders involuntarily and is confirmed by the fears in his astonishment. More than thirty years, includes the film, which begins in 1925 in Algeria and ending with the country’s independence in 1961. Hors la loi begins with the expulsion of the family of three brothers Said (Jamel Debouze), Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) and Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila) from their land by the French national power. Twenty years later, we meet them again in the provincial capital of Sétif, where on the very day of the end of the Second World War, a peaceful demonstration by Algerians in a massacre ending in which the father of three Bürder killed. It is the final trigger for the radicalization Abdelkader, who was arrested and taken to prison in France. While Messaoud for France fights in the war in Indochina, pull Said and his mother in a slum in Paris to be near the imprisoned brother. When the war comes home from Messaoud and Abdelkader is released from prison, close to both the FLN and to important officials and murderers of the radical independence movement, while Said seems to have come to be a pimp well with the circumstances. But the increasingly bloody battle continues to escalate, as the French safety authorities within a secret society called La main rouge (The red hand) is to provide answers to the terrorism of the FLN also with acts of violence … Because of the complexity of the issue, told the three major and several minor characters and the extended period, from the hors la loi, the film with its episode structure, and its sudden leaps of time sometimes get quite striking. Nevertheless, the film develops from Rachid Bouchareb in the course of more than two hours a veritable maelstrom – you stay tuned to the figures and with a fever, even if one suspects quickly, which amounts to the end point of the historical drama. Whether the film in France finally triggers the apparently overdue refurbishment of the atrocities during the colonial period, one will have to wait. And if Hors la loi awarded at the awards ceremony on Sunday – which is also in the stars. Despite all the explosive power – the film is not among the strongest in a far more parlous state of competition. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: Hors la loi Country of production: France, Belgium, Algeria Year of Production: 2010 Length: 137 (Min.) ( #)

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