Featuring a career-best performance from Viggo Mortensen, FAR FROM MEN is a gripping tale of morality and friendship set during the Algerian War, against an unforgiving mountainous landscape.

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Director: David Oelhoffen
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: France

MMature themes and violence


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Far From Men

★★★★
“Handsome and quietly riveting. This film will linger in the mind.”
Peter Calder, THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD

“A very fine achievement. Lean, beautiful, full of quiet power.”
David Larsen, METRO MAG NZ

★★★★1/2
“A simple story quite beautifully told. Mortensen delivers a terrific performance. Recommended.”
Grahame Tuckett, THE DOMINION POST

★★★★
“Mortensen has never been better.”
Aaron Yap, FLICKS.CO.NZ

“Renewed my faith in the power of understated filmmaking. This is a stunning film. Oelhoffen handles heavy themes with a simple touch. It provokes thought on significant questions without allowing any underlying sense of hopelessness to leave the cinema with the audience. I felt challenged and engaged. Oelhoffen should be proud of his courageous and artistic direction and beautifully executed film.”
Margie Cooney, THE 13TH FLOOR

“Highly cinematic. Gripping and immersive. The careful and restrained mise en scène is integral to the film’s effectiveness. It is Mortensen and Kateb who involve us emotionally – when they are together on screen their interaction is absolutely riveting. This is a work of real and quiet dignity.”
Christos Tsiolkas, THE SATURDAY PAPER

“A classic. Very beautifully done… Cave & Ellis’ score is powerful.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

★★★★★
“Magnificent. A riveting, old-fashioned adventure and a politically considered and heartfelt look at the plight of good men when they’re forced to make impossible choices.”
John Bleasdale, CINEVUE

“Wonderful. A considered, humanist film with images that linger in the mind. I was very moved.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

★★★★
“Superb. It’s still relatively early in the cinema year but I’m confident Far From Men will be on my eventual list of the best movies of 2015.”
Stephen Romei, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

“Simply great. A quietly grand, beautiful film.”
Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST

“Elegant, intelligent and enrapturing.”
Adam Woodward, LITTLE WHITE LIES

“Striking & affecting. Mortensen has never been better.”
Michael Rechtshaffen, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Featuring a career-best performance from the multi-talented Viggo Mortensen and a superb original soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, FAR FROM MEN is a gripping tale of morality and friendship set during the Algerian War, against an imposing mountainous landscape.

The year is 1954, the war is beginning and village schoolteacher Daru (Mortensen), an ex-French Army soldier, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he’s a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by both locals and colonisers alike. So when he reluctantly agrees to escort a dissident (rising star Reda Kateb, of A Prophet & Zero Dark Thirty) to a regional police station to face trial for murder, a series of incidents and revelations force the question of where Daru’s loyalties truly lie.

Based on a story by Albert Camus, writer/director David Oelhoffen’s masterful, breathtakingly-shot drama bears all the hallmarks of a classic frontier drama, yet carries strong contemporary resonances. Widely acclaimed at the Venice Film Festival where it premiered in Official Competition, FAR FROM MEN is grand, big-screen adult entertainment at its finest.

MORE…
“How a French director nabbed Viggo Mortensen for Far from Men” – Tom Cardy, The Dominion Post.

Steve Newell interviews David Oelhoffen for Fliks.co.nz.

Viggo Mortensen discusses the Algerian War epic, superhero roles he’s turned down, and why he’s stuck to his artistic guns with The Daily Beast.

Composer Warren Ellis discusses the process of creating the Far From Men score with ABC Radio National’s Jason Di Rosso.

Go West: David Oelhoffen takes to Algeria for his humanistic Western ‘Far from Men’ – FilmJournal.

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