Outside The Law


Algeria's struggle for independence from France

Outside the Law review

Three brothers have different roles to play in Algeria’s struggle for independence in a story of colonial unrest that asserts, like others, that one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter.

If the result lacks the power of director Rachid Bouchareb’s earlier Days Of Glory, that’s largely because its broad canvas prevents its sibling protagonists – intellectual Sami Bouajila, conflicted Roschdy Zem and lowlife Jamel Debbouze – being much more than symbolic representations of opposing positions.

Plenty of explosive action, mind.

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