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Good Historical Drama,
This review is from: Outside the Law (DVD)
A family in Algiers is ousted from their generations old farm. It's the 50s and the Algerians are gearing up to break free from their French occupiers. The family moves to a shanty town in Paris. Two of the three brothers get politically involved in the freedom fight, while the third starts out pimping then moves to open a club and start up in fight promoting. The struggle is brutal. People die horrible deaths and the French, who have just got their butts kicked out of Indochina, stoop to some unsavory tactics to try and not let that happen again.
At 2 hours and 18 minutes this is somewhat of an epic. You follow the family in their move from Algiers to Paris and how their lives change and evolve with the political situation over several years. The viewer gets a good idea of what was involved in the fight for freedom along with the tactics used by the French. This is a good watch. Both sides are uncompromising and the Algerians aren't portrayed with halos around their heads. They are as brutal as their occupiers. You get to see the human/ emotional toll it takes on two of the brothers as they are very high up in the resistance. They have no lives outside the resistance and all they know is death.
The acting and production values are all very professional. It all moves at a very steady pace. Somehow it needed a bit more intensity for my dollar and I don't see the need to view it a second time. But for a one time shot this is a very good political thriller.