2 September 2015
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm
Far From Men takes place in Algeria during the late 1950s, when the North-African country was still ruled by France, but already knee-deep in a grim civil war for independence. Viggo Mortensen plays Daru, a teacher who lives high in the Atlas mountains, running a small French school for the local children. One day, a policeman delivers an unwanted guest: an arrested murderer who needs to be brought to a nearby city, for trial. The police has their hands full with the mountain rebels and cannot spare any policemen, so Daru is ordered to close the school for a couple of days, and deliver the criminal to the French court himself.
Based on the short story "The Guest" by Albert Camus, writer-director David Oelhoffen has added a road movie aspect by including the voyage, as Camus' tale played out entirely at Daru's school. It is a clever decision, as it allows Oelhoffen some manoeuvring space with the story, while Daru's moral conundrums remain the same.
Directed by David Oelhoffen
France 2014 (subtitled)
101 mins Drama
The uprising against the French was very much in the news when "The Guest" was published, but nowadays many people will be uninformed, so the travels by Daru and his prisoner are used to show what state Algeria was in at the time. Also, characters are now defined by their actions rather than just their words, and the gorgeous but very harsh landscapes get to play an impressive double role as both plot device and blatant eye-candy.
“Far From Men astutely highlights that no matter how hard we try, we cannot avoid the tough choices that fate throws our way”. Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio, Brisbane
“A refined anchoring performance from the famously gymnastic linguist Viggo Mortensen (speaking fluent French and Arabic here) is the trump card played by this stylish production”. Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun, Australia
“David Oelhoffen has crafted a soulful, slow-burning western with Far From Men, which is as morally rich as one would expect given its source material, but also considerably more compassionate”. Cara Nash, Filmink (Australia)
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