Free Men

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he setting is 1942, in German-occupied Paris. Younes, a young unemployed Algerian, earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a cance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. read more
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he setting is 1942, in German-occupied Paris. Younes, a young unemployed Algerian, earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a cance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit (played by Michael Lonsdale), of aiding Muslim Resistance agents as well as 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. A deep friendship develops, and soon after Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish. In spite of the risks it entails, Younes stops collaborating with the police, and gradually develops from being a politically ignorant immigrant worker into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.

Original Release

07/06/2011

US Release

03/16/2012

Cast

Tahar Rahim Younes Ben Daoud / Younes
Michael Lonsdale Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit
Mahmud Shalaby Salim Halali
Lubna Azabal Leila / Warba Shlimane alias Leila
Christopher Buchholz Le Major von Ratibor / Major von Ratibor
Farid Larbi Ali
Stephane Rideau Francis
Bruno Fleury L'inspecteur
François Delaive Le chef de la Gestapo
Jean-Pierre Becker Le policier moustachu
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ismael Ferroukhi

Writers

Ismael Ferroukhi, Alain-Michel Blanc

Cast

Tahar Rahim Younes Ben Daoud / Younes
Michael Lonsdale Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit
Mahmud Shalaby Salim Halali
Lubna Azabal Leila / Warba Shlimane alias Leila
Christopher Buchholz Le Major von Ratibor / Major von Ratibor
Farid Larbi Ali
Stephane Rideau Francis
Bruno Fleury L'inspecteur
François Delaive Le chef de la Gestapo
Jean-Pierre Becker Le policier moustachu
Marie Berto Maryvonne
Zakariya Gouram Omar
Slimane Dazi Larbi
Aïcha Sokrane La mère de Larbi
Djemel Barek Le mari de Maryvonne
Louna Klanit Sarah Benssoussan
Lunis Sakji Eli Benssoussan
Fabien Jegoudez Le militaire SS
Hassan Madiaf Le mendiant
Ahmed Bourkab L'imam

Producers

Stéphane Parthenay Executive Producer
Frantz Richard Executive Producer
Fabienne Vonier Producer

Editors

Annette Dutertre

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