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Credited cast:
Fejria Deliba ...
Zouina
Rabia Mokeddem ...
Aïcha, la mère
Amina Annabi ...
Malika
Anass Behri ...
Ali
Hamza Dubuih ...
Rachid
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Ahmed
France Darry ...
Mme Donze, la voisine
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Mr. Donze, le voisin
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Melle Manant
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Mademoiselle Briat
Jalil Lespert ...
Le chauffeur du bus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandre Carrière ...
Le gendarme
Aude Thirion ...
L'épicière
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The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the past ten years. In a land and culture foreign to her, Zouina struggles against her mother-in-law's tyrannical hand and her husband's distrustful bitterness in an attempt to adjust to her life in exile. Written by Film Movement

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Hidden gem about hidden lipstick.
28 October 2007 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

I missed this film when it was in the theaters and saw it on DVD recently. I was impressed with the raw and brutal portrayal of the oppression of a woman in a peasant religious culture. I am the product of a similar home from a geographically different culture. The dynamics were the same. I had a grandmother strikingly similar to the violent and domineering matriarch in the film. My mother struggled through domination and surfaced to be a scarred but liberated woman in her time.

I feel the film did a great service to educate the uninitiated, those liberal or naive people in civilized societies, who think that these cultures are quaint and should be left to spin on their own web of unenlightened misery. I think the film portrays a small variety of reactions and variables which effect these violent and repressive cultures when their members immigrate into industrialized and socialized societies with aspirations to human rights for all.

Given the massive inertia that must be overcome to get people, both immigrants and native residents, to be open, flexible, peaceful, generous and kind to each other, this film, beautifully produced, is a good primer. I recommend it.


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