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Nominated for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Oscar, don't miss this acclaimed new film. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.
Elegiac yet triumphant. It was well enjoyed, Very interesting, sheds a great light on a time not well known, and highlights french colonialism in a very earthy fashion. The film had great realistic depth but lacked character completion. You would not understand why they click the way they do, but their passion nevertheless makes you want to watch further. Though if the story had a less matter-of-fact way of portraying its characters and the way they go around the movie, and had more depth as in "what made them become who they are" per se, would have just made it really amazing. I still enjoyed it, and found it better than the sordid flicks coming out of hollywood for the past few months.
Perfect, entertaining film with historical background - certainly not "dull" !!!
I recommend this film for people wanting more history and action