Monthly Archives: October 2012
The McCall Film Society begins the Fall McCall Film series, of foreign, independent films. with “Free Men”, Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Alpine Playhouse. The film from France is a thriller based during the nazi occupation of France. A.O. Scott of the New York Times says about the lead actor, “Both subtle and magnetic…Tahar Rahim [is] one of France’s finest young actors…[FREE MEN] contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas.” The film was a official selection at the Cannes and Toronto Int’l Film Festivals.
“Free Men” takes place in German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) 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 of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim’s 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. Free Men is 99 minutes long and is in French with English subtitles.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday, November 8 until 5 pm Tuesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. The film is unrated and are not recommended for viewers under the age of 18.
Next Film will be Tuesday, December 11., “The Day I Saw Your Heart”