Outside the Law on DVD and Blu-Ray

Directed by Rachid Bouchareb

This gripping drama, directed by Rachid Bouchareb, was a 2011 Academy Award nominee and tells the story of three Algerian brothers who become involved in the FLN (National Liberation Front) in France after WWII.

In 1925 an Algerian farmer and his three young sons are forced to surrender land that had been in their family for generations to France. When Europe is liberated twenty years later, many Algerians, including the farmer, take to the streets demanding national independence, but are savagely gunned down by the French police. The three sons still tormented by the loss of their beloved land, and now their father, respond very differently to the building resistance. Recently released from prison and hardened by the deaths of his compatriots, Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila) becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement and orchestrates assassinations and bombings to further their cause. His older brother Messaoud (Roschdy Zem), now a veteran of France′s failed Indochina campaign and a father, soon joins his brother’s side, but abhors the violence he feels he must employ in order to give his son a better life. Said (Jamel Debbouze) the last brother and family rebel chooses to forgo killing for capital and becomes a nightclub owner and boxing promoter. Eventually the trio finds themselves reunited in Paris where a furious war for freedom will take its toll on both victims and perpetrators in equal measure.

Outside the Law available on DVD and Blu-Ray August 2nd, 2011.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
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