Monday, July 04, 2011

Outside the Law

Outside the Law (French: Hors-la-loi, Arabic) is a 2010 drama film directed by Rachid Bouchareb, starring Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem and Sami Bouajila.

The story takes place between 1945 and 1962 and focuses on the lives of three Algerian brothers in France, set to the backdrop of the Algerian independence movement and the Algerian War.

It is a standalone follow-up to Bouchareb's 2006 film Days of Glory, which was set during World War II. Outside the Law was a French majority production with co-producers in Algeria, Tunisia and Belgium.

A historically unorthodox portrayal of the 1945 Sétif massacre sparked a political controversy in France. In reviews the film was compared to Westerns and gangster films, and critics made observations about how the independence activists were likened to the French Resistance during World War II.

Outside the Law represented Algeria at the 83rd Academy Awards, where it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

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