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Free Men (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

The dramatic thriller Free Men is set in German-occupied Paris of 1942, where a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (Tahar Rahim, the break-out star of A Prophet) earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit (Michael Lonsdale, Of Gods and Men), of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali (Mahmoud Shalaby), and is moved by his beautiful voice and strong personality. When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating with the police and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter. Also starring Lubna Azabal (Incendies) and Christopher Buchholz. Directed and co-written by Ismaël Ferroukhi (Le Grand Voyage).