Outside the Law (2010 film)

  • Roschdy Zem: Messaoud
  • Sami Bouajila: Abdelkader
  • Jamel Debbouze: Saïd
  • Bernard Blancan: Colonel Faivre
  • Sabrina Seyvecou: Hélène

Hors- la- loi (literally " Lawless ") is a French- Algerian film from 2010, written and directed by Rachid Bouchareb. Almost a quarter of the budget controlled Algeria in. The historical action drama deals with the independence struggle of the Arab Algerians who wanted to solve their homeland from the rule of the colonial power, France. Only at the beginning of the film takes place in North Africa from and describes the massacre of Sétif on 8 May 1945. Further action takes place in France, with übergesiedelten to France Arabs who work in factories and live in a corrugated hut settlements on the outskirts. In this segment of the population creates its own management structure, and it comes to acts of terrorism on French soil. End point of the story is the massacre of Paris on 17 October 1961. At the center of three fictional brothers are standing. Sami Bouajila plays the FLN leader, who has been indoctrinated politically in prison, Roschdy Zem a former Indochina fighter who joins him, and Jamel Debbouze the third brother, who is rich in the demimonde. As the director are the three actors Beurs, French, descended from Maghrebi immigrants.


Bouchareb pursued his own words, the intention is not only to present dry historical facts but to entertain with a genre plot, inspired to the crime film and the Western. Even before its release the film in France caused a debate about the extent to which events, in particular the massacre of Sétif, are shown historically accurate. This involved historians, a veteran association, parliamentarians and the then Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand. The Historical Service of the Defense Ministry criticized in the film the massacre of May 8, 1945 was portrayed as one of Europeans to Arabs, even though it had just been reversed. The historian Benjamin Stora, renowned as an expert in the Algerian War, the film showed many factual errors.

The production ran in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where the movie-goers had to be a two-time security scan and bag check go through, and was Algerian candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.

"It's a militant, anklägerischer and unforgiving film," Jürg Altwegg ruled in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and put a " on torn and ideological representation as interpretation of Sétif " fixed. Although the show Bouchareb fanaticism and "creeping dehumanization that carries any terrorist movement in itself ," said Tobias Kniebe in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Cinematically he succeeded but did not find him, because trying to pack a lot of history into drama " something too hard as" Cast; " A bit wooden and declamatory are always commitments to freedom of Algeria or the emotional state descriptions of the characters."