Far from men

Far from men

DVD | French
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In 1954 a reclusive ex-soldier is thrown into the woes of rebellion when he's ordered to escort a villager accused of murder to prison during the Algerian War. As their journey leads them through a deadly fire-fight between settlers and rebels, the two men on opposite sides of the conflict must join forces to survive.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN FAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Loin des hommes


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Oct 30, 2018

....worth the time to watch this movie.

Sep 17, 2018

A very thoughtful film, worth watching. Scenes of war & violence are not gratuitous but contribute to our understanding of the characters and the situation. Encourages us to consider that people and their motivations are often much more complex than they appear.

Aug 11, 2018

Despite rather anemic performances, leads Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb do manage to create a simmering onscreen chemistry but the story itself becomes lost amid the monotonous grandeur of parched hills and desert sunsets. Furthermore, a spare script adapted from a short story by Camus isn’t able to ignite much drama while the film’s jaundiced view of how conflict (whether military or cultural) turns allies into enemies and family into strangers has already been done before to much greater effect. The evocative musical score, however, is beautiful.

Jul 26, 2018

I enjoyed this look at a very different world. Recommend for that reason. Always like Viggo.

Jan 24, 2018

Loosely based on Camus' spare short story "L'Hôte", the film adds elements to place the drama more specifically in western Algeria at the start of the uprising (plus one scene borrowed from "The Lost Detail"!). That said, the director never loses sight of the moral dilemma that is the essence of Camus' story. Terrific performance by Viggo Mortensen. The producers deserve great credit for bringing this story to the screen.

Feb 28, 2017

Set in Algeria in 1954 at the beginning of the fight for independence. This film is true to the feeling of the place and time, and is gripping as the story unfolds of the 'teacher' played by Viggo Mortensen not being all he seems and the Algerian peasant, Reda Kateb, who killed his brother and needs to face the consequences of his actions. An intense film that will keep you glued to the screen.

Sep 04, 2016

Beautiful & moving...I concur with "ilovewhippets" whose comments below were put so eloquently & elegantly.

Sep 01, 2016

Excellent comments below, that I could not add to. The movie is well subtitled.

Aug 24, 2016

Beautifully-done movie! While the desert can be stark and desolate, the Story takes you in and immerses you in the people's stories on both sides of the conflict, that you will soon forget how lonely the place is! Well-acted! Any shooting and violence are not gratuitous nor over- the- top! I highly recommend this historical, cultural movie!

Jul 26, 2016

A thoughtful and beautiful movie! It would never have been made in Hollywood, but for those that like the best in foreign film, this is the ticket!

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