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  • Summary: 1942, in German-occupied Paris. Younes, a young unemployed Algerian, 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 suspects the Mosque authorities, among which its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim Resistance agents, as well as 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. A deep friendship develops, and soon after Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish. In spite of the risks it entails, Younes stops collaborating with the police, and gradually develops from being a politically ignorant immigrant worker into a fully-fledged freedom fighter. (Film Movement) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 15, 2012
    70
    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, and so contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Mar 12, 2012
    70
    A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 21, 2012
    67
    It's an uplifting tale, if one that gets to a slow start and muddles through scenes of exposition for longer than seems necessary before finally getting to its sequences of action and suspense.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Mar 12, 2012
    60
    Worth a look, though it's unfortunately a far too academic affair that never surges with the suspense of many a WWII drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Mar 24, 2012
    58
    The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Mar 11, 2012
    50
    For much of its runtime, the film is simply there, decent for the most part, but at no point immersive.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Mar 22, 2012
    50
    Nobility with little pacing, imagination, or energy tends not to work too well on the screen. Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness.

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