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Genres Drama War
Running Time 110 min
MPAA rating Unrated
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Free Men (Les hommes libres)

The young Algerian immigrant Younes tries to make a dime peddling black market goods during the Nazi occupation. When he is arrested and threatened with torture or worse, Younes accepts to spy on the elite community hidden with the pristine walls of the Mosque of Paris, whose rector is suspected of providing Jews with false identification papers. Yet once Younes is exposed to the calm, ritualistic world of the Mosque - which stands as a sort of oasis amid the murderous Vichy regime - he begins to… Show more

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March 23, 2012 - Boston.com - By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

"Free Men’’ offers a textbook case of why movies shouldn’t be textbooks. Younes (Tahar Rahim), an Algerian in Paris during the Nazi Occupation, sells cigarettes on the black market. “Why fight?’’ Younes asks a cousin in the Resistance. “It’s not our war.’’ (Algeria at this time was a French colony.) The cousin replies, “I’m fighting for freedom in France today, Algeria tomorrow, and all North Africa.’’

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