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
Flawed but interesting capture of a moment of change
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.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?