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Bab El Oued City (1994)

Follows the conflict between a young Algerian man and the local Islamic fundamentalists.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadia Kaci ...
Yamina
Mohamed Ourdache ...
Said
Hassan Abidou ...
Boualem
Mabrouk Ait Amara ...
Mabrouk
Messaoud Hattau ...
Mess
Mourad Khen ...
Rachid
Djamila ...
Lalla Djamila
Simone Vignote ...
The aunt
Michel Such ...
Paulo Gosen
Nadia Samir ...
Ouardya
Areski Nebti ...
Hassan the baker
Osmane Bechikh ...
The postman
Fawzi B. Saichi ...
The shoemender
Fatma Zohra Bouseboua ...
Hanifa
Ahmed Benaissa ...
The Imam
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Bab El-Oued, a popular district of Algiers, in 1989, a few months after the riots. Boualem works at night in a bakery and steals the loudspeaker that was installed on his roof and was broadcasting the Imam's word... therefore preventing him from sleeping. This blunder is taken as a pretext by the Islamists to put the district under their control... Written by Yepok

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16 November 1994 (France)  »

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Flawed but interesting capture of a moment of change
15 July 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Interesting and informative, if not deeply emotionally gripping. A portrait of the rise of local thuggish Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria, and their conflict with a moderate baker who steals their blaring speaker so he can sleep.

With a few exceptions the characters aren't very deep and are confined to archetypes, although the ending twist is interesting. That said, this grew on me a bit on a 2nd viewing. While the acting still often seemed amateurish, there was more emotion, and more a sense of a film with historical import; an attempt to capture and understand a moment in time when everything in a society is changing.


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