Rachid Bouchareb is a Frenchman of Algerian descent and many of his films deal with the immigrant experience and it‘s historical roots. He has directed nine feature films and three of them have been nominated for the Academy Awards as the Best Foreign Language Film. All of those films were been nominated on behalf of Algeria and no other African director has been nominated more than once in this category. The nominated films were Dust of Life (Poussières de vie) in 1996, Days of Glory (Indigènes) in 2006 and finally Beyond the Law (Hors-la-loi) in 2010.
Now he brings us Two Men in Town and the film stars Oscar nominees Forest Whitaker, Brenda Blethyn, Harvey Keitel and Ellen Burstyn in leading roles – but both Whitaker and Burstyn ended up winning the golden statue.
In the film Blethyn plays parole officer Emily who just moved to a small town in New Mexico, near the Mexicanborders. Soon she befriends one of her clients, William (Whitaker), but he just got out of jail and is not allowed to leave the state. But he will struggle to stay out of jail, both because of his quick temper and also because his former colleagues are everywhere, trying him to get him back in the game. Then there is the cop who imprisoned him in the first place (Keitel) – who is more than willing to do so again.