Part of the Hobart William Smith & Tournees Film Festival, this film is in French with English subtitles.
Directed by David Oelhoffen, set in Algeria, 1954 at the onset of the Algerian war for independence, this film starts off as an archetypal Western - two men thrown against each other as they traverse a barren landscape. One day, local French police officers appear with Mohamed (Reda Kateb), an Algerian accused of murder and charge Daru (Viggo Motensen) with escorting Mohamed to trial in the closest city, while the police continue to fight the growing insurection.
Far from Men has the classic sheen of the films of Hollywood's Godeln Age: big moral questions projected onto vast landscapes, steely performances from its two stars, and, most importantly, a universality grounded in the specific. While Far from Men is essential viewing for its insight into a conflict whose effects continue to be felt, it is first and foremost a universal story of civilians faced with the absurdity of war.