Ismail Ferroukhi

Echoes Of ‘Casablanca’

‘Free Men’ harkens back to a time when Jews and Muslims fought a common Fascist enemy.

03/13/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

Although the film “Free Men” was made in France last year and opens here on Friday, March 16, it feels a lot older. In some ways, that’s not a bad thing. Director Ismail Ferroukhi turned to the straightforward, linear narrative style of the place and period in which the film is set, Paris under the Nazi occupation, and to a subdued palette that gently suggests the black-and-white films of the era.

Tahar Rahim as a young Algerian émigré in Nazi-occupied Paris, in “Free Men.”
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