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In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim's beautiful voice and strong personality. When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating with the police and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 28
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.
Fresh: A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.
Rotten: Free Men never feels like a movie about a developing conscience, due largely to the shallowness of the protagonist as written and, by extension, Rahim's portrayal...
Fresh: "Free Men" is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow.
I saw this film at a festival and loved it!!! Tahar Rahim is a young actor, but his performance was strong from start to finish. I'm excited to see his how his career unfolds after this and the earlier film he was in--A Prophet. I recently discovered A Prophet was nominated for an Academy Award, so I'll watch that one too. While the storyline was most interesting and informative, I don't think the film would be as strong without Rahim. However, I would definitively be interested in seeing Ismael Ferroukhi's previous shorts and feature film to compare with Freemen. Overall, it was a great film and I'd consider watching it again on iTunes.