CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Free Men" features a fine performance by Michael Lonsdale

Lacking the automatic assault rifles of the modern era, **Free Men** is a World War II drama with quiet action. A French film with English subtitles, **Free Men** is based on real life incidents involving Muslims and Jews.

Younes is a young Muslim black-marketeer who becomes an informer for Nazi police. As Jewish immigrants are rounded up, Younes sees his income diminishing. When he consults with the head of his Mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit (Michael Lonsdale), Younes learns that his mentor is harboring political criminals, Jewish refugees.

In direct contrast to **The Expendables 2,** **Free Men** is a simple film with complex character motives. **Free Men** is a good movie that will be remembered for Michael Lonsdale's dignified performance as a humanitarian hero, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit. Which is ironic for Lonsdale, who best known role was that as a James Bond villain in **Moonraker.**
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