On paper, this film looks ruddy good. The story of three brothers torn apart by their part in the Algerian war for independence from French rule – it’s the sort of film that uses the words passion, destiny and tragedy in its promo, a lot. I like that – I’m all for having my heart ripped out and smashed up in front of me. However, despite the heart-breaking, tumultuous relationship between France and Algeria, this film lacks one of its advertised elements – passion.
Fresh from the Tricycle Theatre’s superb season of Oscar-shortlisted foreign language films comes Outside the Law, an extraordinary portrait of one of the most significant conflicts in recent European history. If you think you’ve made up your mind about terrorists, watch it.
Five years seems to be the appropriate mourning period which passes between a humanitarian disaster and its accompanying movies. But after Oliver Stone’s lumpen adaptation of the 9/11 attacks, Rachid Bouchareb’s look at the aftermath of the London bombings is well worth a watch.