We left Tahar Rahim in 2020 in “The Eddy”, a Netflix series. In 2021, he returns on the big screen in an American-British movie, “The Mauritanian”.
The suspenseful and drama biopic is to be out on July 14, 2021 in France.
“The Mauritanian” is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir “Guantanamo Diary”, a Mauritanian delivered by his country to the United States following the 9/11 terror attacks.
“The Mauritanian” – directed by Kevin Macdonald (to whom we owe “The Last King of Scotland”, and “State of Play”) – tells the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi.
And it is French actor Tahar Rahim who is Mohamedou Ould Slahi in “The Mauritanian”. He shares the screen with Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch.
To prepare for the part, Tahar Rahim spoke to Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a man he calls "bright" and "clever". Barely leaving a shooting, he also wanted to loose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. The actor says he used his experience with Jacques Audiard for "A Prophet" to know how to occupy and use this limited place a jail cell is. Rahim also says he took part in the editing of the movie which is very rare for an actor. He wants the release of "The Mauritanian" to help Mohamedou in getting avisa: now free, he went back to Mauritania, where he is stuck. His wife lives in Germany where he cannot go.
Captured by the American government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Rahim) is held for years in Guantanamo, without any judgement nor inculpation. Completely exhausted, he finds he has two unexpected allies: attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her colleague Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Tenaciously, both women will face the ruthless system in the name of fair justice. Their polemical defense – as well as the evidences discovered by formidable military prosecutor Lt. Col Stuart Couch (Cumberbatch) – will help them find a conspiration as wide as outrageous. The incredible and true story of a relentless fight for survival and human rights.
"The Mauritanian" is a very moving and gut-wrenching movie. First of all because this drama is a true story. Of a realy person, brillantly played by a moving Tahar Rahim. The actor carries this story, along with Jodie Foster - made older on the occasion - and Benedict Cumberbatch playing a human soldier fighting for justice. Another part he is brilliant in after "The Courier" released a few weeks ago. When the standard interviews turn to a special program and tortures, although it is now of common knowledge, the scenes make your blood curdle.
Yet, director Kevin Macdonald does not forget to add humor to his movie. A sense of humor the main character does not let go off, despite his condition. A man saved by his faith we can only understand.
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