Hors La Loi – Outside of the Law

I don’t recall ever having seen an Algerian film before, but this came highly recommended, having been Oscar nominated.

It tells the story of three brothers whose lives take them in different directions until eventually they unite in the struggle for Algerian independence from France in the 1950s.

Their paths are interesting, as is the story, but I will admit to being distracted by some of the scene set-ups. Three brothers, set in the 1950s, smart suits, hats and guns …I was just waiting for someone to make an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Some may call it homage, some may call it direct copy – but there is no mistaking the similarites in some of the shots.

An enjoyable film.

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