Free Men

Free Men

Director: Ismael Ferroukhi

Cast: Ismael Ferroukhi, Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmoud Shalaby

     
 

The Nazi occupation of France brings together Arabs and Jews against a common enemy in this drama from director Ismael Ferroukhi, inspired by actual incidents. Younes (Tahar Rahim) came to France from Algeria in search of a better life, but after landing a good job in a factory, the political turmoil thatSee more details below

Overview

The Nazi occupation of France brings together Arabs and Jews against a common enemy in this drama from director Ismael Ferroukhi, inspired by actual incidents. Younes (Tahar Rahim) came to France from Algeria in search of a better life, but after landing a good job in a factory, the political turmoil that swept through Europe with the rise of the Third Reich left him with few options beyond hustling on the black market. His cousin Ali (Farid Larbi) is a labor activist who, after the rise of the Vichy government, began working with the anti-Nazi French resistance. When Younes is captured by the police while selling unlicensed goods, he's given a choice -- he can go to jail or act as a spy, keeping the authorities posted on the activities at a local mosque, which is a hub for resistance fighters. As well as organizing anti-Nazi espionage, the resistance agents at the mosque are believed to be hiding Jewish families and passing them off as Muslims. Younes proves to be not much of a spy as his loyalties are with Ali and his comrades, and he becomes involved with Leila (Lubna Azabal), who, in addition to her work at the mosque, is a vocal advocate of Algerian independence. Younes and Ali also are drawn into the orbit of Salim (Mahmud Shalaby), a seemingly apolitical Algerian vocalist who is hiding a surprising secret. Les Hommes Libres (aka Free Men) received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
UPC:
0616892183860
Original Release:
2011
Source:
Film Movement
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
61,326

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tahar Rahim Younes
Michael Lonsdale Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit
Mahmoud Shalaby Salim
Lubna Azabal Leila
Christopher Buchholz Major Von Ratibor
Farid Larbi Actor
Stephane Rideau Actor

Technical Credits
Ismael Ferroukhi Director,Screenwriter
Jerome Almeras Cinematographer
Armand Amar Score Composer
Alain-Michel Blanc Screenwriter
Annette Dutertre Editor
Severin Favriau Sound Editor
Marc Fontanel Production Manager
Thierry Francois Set Decoration/Design
Stephane Gluck Asst. Director
Brigitte Moidon Casting
Virginie Montel Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound Editor
Stephane Parthenay Associate Producer
Luca Servino Production Designer
Stéphane Thiébaut Sound Editor
Fabienne Vonier Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Free Men
1. Younes [8:34]
2. Observing [9:38]
3. Reporting In [7:42]
4. Morning After [8:22]
5. Banquet [6:03]
6. Orphans [6:45]
7. Leila [5:52]
8. Secret Gathering [6:13]
9. Accused [9:35]
10. Birthday Gig [1:03]
11. Stakeout [5:13]
12. Credits [19:22]

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