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Released:
2012
Rating:
R
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, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, 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, 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.

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Hilali and Benghabrit were real people. Mr. Ferroukhi, who wrote the script with Alain-Michel Blanc, deftly interweaves their stories with the adventures of the fictional Younes, a...

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.

  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Worth a look, though it's unfortunately a far too academic affair that never surges with the suspense of many a WWII drama.

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