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Far from Men

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Far from Men
Loin des hommes
Far from MenCover.jpg
Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by David Oelhoffen
Release Date October 9, 2014
Language Arabic
Studio One World Films
Distributor Pathé
Main Cast
Character Actor
Daru Viggo Mortensen
Mohamed Reda Kateb
Slimane Djemel Barek
Balducci Vincent Martin
Lieutenant Le Tallec Nicolas Giraud

Far from Men is a French 2014 movie directed by David Oelhoffen. 1954: A rebellion is simmering in Algeria that will lead to war between the Algerian independence movement and the military of the French colonial power. Daru, who formerly served in the French army, is now a French teacher in a remote village in the Atlas Mountains. A soldier asks him to take the farmer Mohamed to the nearest police station; the man is accused of being a rebel and murderer, facing execution. Together, Daru and Mohamed make their way through the mountains, in the middle of the icy winter, while horsemen and villagers pursue them, blood vengeance in mind. Slowly, the fleeing men begin to develop an understanding of each other.

The following weapons were used in the film Far from Men:


MAS Mle. 1892

René (Yann Goven) owns an Mle 1892 Revolver which he gives Daru (Viggo Mortensen) to defend himself.

Revolver d'ordonnance modèle 1892 - 8x27mmSR
The grip of the revolver is seen in René's pocket on the left.
Daru took the revolver to his bed, knowing full well that his uninvited guest was trying something stupid.
One moment later, he looks out the window to see what Mohamed is doing outside.
The MAS Mle. 1892 lies next to him.
After a brief gunfight, he checks the situation outside with the revolver in his right hand.
A promotional picture of the revolver and Daru.

MAC Mle. 1950

The two leaders of the Algerian rebel group have MAC Mle 1950 pistols.

MAC Modèle 1950 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The main leader aims the MAC pistol telling the French soldiers that he has a hostage.
As Daru is on his way to the cave's entrance, he keeps aiming at him.
Slimane (Djemel Barek) watches the leader with his MAC pistol in hand.
The best view of the pistol while still aiming at Daru.
Slimane is pinned down by the French soldiers.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is the primary weapon of Daru. Many other characters are also seen with double-barreled shotguns.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
Daru fires his shotgun at a flying bird.
The shotgun slung over his back.
He wields it during the shootout at his school.
Repelling an ambush offers a close-up of the rear part.
Algerian horseriders with shotgun visit Daru.
A front view of the muzzle.
While hiding from an Algerian, he readies his gun.
Daru's shotgun in the hands of the rebel leader, who also has a 12 Gauge in his hand.
Daru and Mohamed taking a rest.

Submachine Guns

MAT 49

A French soldier (Antoine Laurent) is seen with an MAT-49.

MAT 49 - 9x19mm
The French soldier encounters Daru and Mohamed with his MAT-49.
A closer view of the SMG as he gave the order to hold fire.
Another distance view of the MAT 49 lowered by him.

M1A1 Thompson

At least, two other French soldiers can be seen with M1A1 Thompsons.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The soldier between Daru and Mohamed aims the Thompson.
A very close view of the buttstock and rear sight.
After their job is done, the soldier to the right and his comrades leave the skirmish place.

MP 40

A German MP 40 is wielded by one French soldier.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The soldier to the far left approaches Daru with his MP at the ready.
A blurry close-up view.


Berthier Mle. 1892

An Algerian horseman carries a Berthier Mle 1892 Artillery Carbine which is taken by Mohamed (Reda Kateb) after an encounter.

Mousqueton d’Artillerie Modèle 1892 - 8x50mmR Lebel
The Berthier carbine over the Algerian's shoulder while riding.
Surprised by Daru, he immediately targets both of them.
Mohamed offers the Berthier to Daru, who refuse this gift.
The Algerian rebel to the far right holds the Berthier which has just been taken away from Mohamed.
The same rebel fires the carbine at French soldiers.


Some Algerian rebels are armed with MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
A MAS-36 slung by a horseman heading to the two suspicious persons.
A close-up of the striking muzzle in front of Slimane.


What appears to be an MAS-36/51 rifle is briefly seen carried by a rebel.

MAS-36/51 - 7.5x54mm French
The rebel walks by the talking leaders.

Karabiner 98k

Another rifle, which is also often carried by several rebels is the Karabiner 98k.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rebel in the center carries a Kar98k over his back while searching Daru.
Side view of the scene, as he puts Daru's MAS revolver in his belt.
Another view of the carried Karabiner of the same rebel.
Two rebels defend themselves from the French ambush.

Lebel Mle. 1886

Two Algerian rebels are seen carrying Lebel 1886 rifles.

Fusil Lebel Modèle 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
The long Lebel rifle is seen on the rebel's shoulder on the right.
The same rebel from a distant view.
A slightly better view of the rifle during the march.

FN Mauser Mle. 1930

Some of the Algerian rebels appear to be armed with Moroccan Mauser Mle 1950 rifles manufactured by FN Herstal and ordered for police forces in the 1950s.

FN Mauser Mle. 1930 short rifle - 7x57mm Mauser. The Mle. 1950 looks identical; the only difference is that the Mle. chambers in .30-06 Springfield.
A rebel holds his Mauser in his hand as he prepares to leave.

Charleville Mle. 1777

A Charleville Musket is carried by one rebel, that is never seen fired.

Charleville Mousquet Modèle 1777 - .69 caliber
The Algerian behind Mohamed carries the Charleville.
The muzzle is seen.

Enfield M1917

M1917 Enfields are also used by Algerian rebels and, at least, one French soldier.

Enfield M1917 - .30-06 Springfield
To the right, the barrel, and the typical front sight are visible.
The striking rear sight ears are seen on the far right.
The French soldier in the background, next to Daru, has an Enfield rifle over his back.

Lee-Enfield Mk. I*

A Lee-Enfield Mk. I rifle is very briefly seen slung by a rebel.

Lee-Enfield Mark I* CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) - .303 British
The Lee-Enfield over the rebel's shoulder. The rifle to the left is the Berthier Mle. 1892.
The box magazine is seen as he gets shot down.

M1 Garand

Some M1 Garands are also used by two rebels.

M1 Garand - .30-06
One of the rebels aims his Garand at the cave's entrance.
A distant view of the same rebel on the right covering his leader.
Another rebel fighter holds his Garand while pinned down.
The two rebels realized that they could not continue their fight and raised their rifles as a sign of surrender.

M1A1 Carbine

A French soldier has an M1A1 Carbine that is briefly visible in some scenes.

M1A1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
The grim-looking soldier starring at Mohamed carries an M1A1 over his back.
A view of the carbine's top side held by the soldier on the left.
The soldier searching the fallen Algerian fighters. Note extended stock.
A few moments later, the soldier shows Dua's weapons to the Lieutenant. The stock is now folded.

Unknown Rifles

A few unknown rifles are seen in the hands of Algerian rebels.

The slung rifle on the right. This rifle appears to be a type of a Mosin Nagant Rifle.
A different rifle with a golden-plated muzzle and side-mounted sling swivels that looks like a Berthier or Lebel carbine.


Tear Gas Grenade


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