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Far From Men


David Oelhoffen

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About the Movie

Viggo Mortensen stars as a reclusive teacher who must help a villager accused of murder escape into the mountains during the Algerian War. In French w/ English subtitles.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Camus sets the movie's initial course, but Mr. Oelhoffen resolutely steers it home with political context, historical hindsight, an unambiguous moral imperative and a pair of well-matched performances; put another way, he makes the story his own. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Apr 30, 2015

Fresh: Writer-director David Oelhoffen's idea of approaching this potent two-hander as an Algeria-set horse opera proves as inspired as it is unexpected. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Apr 27, 2015

Fresh: Surprisingly affecting. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Apr 30, 2015

Rotten: The original's existentialist undertow is mostly lost in shallow characterizations and scenes that perfunctorily tip their hat to genre tropes rather than illuminating the characters. – Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 27, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Far from Men

A brilliant depiction of the Algerian War and the gangs
of rebels who skirmish in the mountains. The two main
characters are caught up in the chaos of the random clashes
between enemy forces while on their way to a small town where the
main character is supposed to turn in the man he is with.
The friendship between these two men is touching,
The photography is excellent--I admire the photos
of the powerful rocky brown terrain in the morning and at sunset.
The film is simply crafted. The actors are superb. I highly
recommend this film.