Free Men

Synopsis: Paris, occupied France, 1942. Younes, an uneducated Algerian immigrant, ekes out a very modest living on the black market. When the police catches him they set him free provided he infiltrates the Paris Mosque and spies on the rector. Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit is indeed suspected not only of providing false papers to Jews but of harboring some of them as well. Once within the precincts of the Mosque, Younes proves a poor secret agent, which displeases the police inspector in charge of him. In fact, at the mosque, Younes becomes every day more alert to the great tragedy in progress because of the Nazis. He also develops a deep friendship with a singer named Salim Halali. To his amazement, he discovers that Salim is both Jewish and homosexual...
Director(s): Ismaël Ferroukhi
Production: Film Movement
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Metacritic:
58
Rotten Tomatoes:
74%
UNRATED
Year:
2011
99 min
$47,701
Website
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and give you long life.

Now we come to the garden

in true Andalusian style.

This room serves as a prayer hall

as the large room fills-up ...

on holidays. Now we'll go

to the beautiful Andalusian garden.

ln Marseille one looks strangely on ...

collaborating with the French.

What else can I do?

Give the mosque to the Germans?

It was full because of the party.

A German officer was with the Director.

They were friendly,

listened to music.

Is that all?

Then the director left

with the imam ...

but he seemed ill at ease.

What happened?

-I've no idea.

He went off alone at night.

Alone?

Where to?

No idea, he went in his car.

-Interesting.

I want to know more.

The mosque provides false papers.

I want to know to whom.

Have you seen any of these men?

You know him?

No, but ...

I've seen him in a nightclub.

A friend of Salim.

But never in the mosque.

Who is Salim?

A singer. He has a beautiful voice.

Are you kidding me?

His name is Salim Halali.

An Algerian from the mosque.

He sings at The Andalussia.

That's all I know.

Find out about him.

I want to know what he meets

with the communists.

This is for you.

If you bring me information

there will be more.

Omar ...

Younes, what are you doing here?

-I need merchandise.

You can't come here.

Come back tonight.

-I can't come then.

I finish in about an hour.

Wait outside.

About an hour.

The days ...

Every day an accident

Days filled with pain and sorrow

I love a girl from Andalusia

Young and beautiful as the sun

My God, what is that beautiful girl

Her eyebrows are magical

Fascinating shape

They bring to mind a man's head

I love a girl from Andalusia

Young and beautiful as the sun

Her black eyes make me mad

Like her wild hair

I don't know how to approach her

Praise God for such beauty

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Ismaël Ferroukhi

Ismaël Ferroukhi (born 1962) is a French-Moroccan film director. Ferroukhi was born in Kenitra. He gained exposure with his 1992 short film L'Exposé, which won the Kodak Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Following, Ferroukhi co-wrote the Cédric Kahn film Trop de Bonheur (1994). His directorial debut Le Grand Voyage, produced by Humbert Balsan and Ognon Pictures, won the Lion of the Future "Luigi De Laurentiis" Award for a First Feature Film at the 61st Venice Film Festival in 2004. more…

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