Far from Men ★★★★½

This visual masterpiece, set upon the top of North Africa's Atlas Mountains, is one of the best films I have ever seen.

The story, based on Albert Camus short 'The Guest', is superbly written for screen by David Oelhoffen, who also directs. The acting, in particular by familiar face Viggo Mortensen, is immense. Stunning cinematography from Guillaume Deffontaines captures the vastness and majesty of the Atlas Ridge, and Oelhoffen's direction is that of a man who knows what his cast and crew are capable of, and trusts them to deliver it. Thankfully, everyone delivers in spades.

The moral questions raised by this film would be wasted were they to be repeated here. Suffice it to say that when man of honour Daru (Mortensen) is tasked with marching a seemingly harmless local farmer to his death in the nearby French settlement, he is forced to question his own views on the distinction between right and wrong. The story arc is wonderfully realised, and the film ends on a contemplative yet uplifting note. There is not a bad thing to be said about this work, it will undoubtedly become a classic.

If it's not too late for anyone who may read this, go see this film on a big screen. You won't regret it.