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Daughter of Keltoum (2001)

La fille de Keltoum (original title)
An extraordinary story of a young woman raised in Switzerland who travels back to Algeria, her birthplace, to meet and kill her natural mother, who abandoned her shortly after birth. Along ... See full summary »

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Rallia
Baya Belal ...
Nedjma
Jean-Roger Milo ...
Djibril
Fatima Ben Saïdane ...
La femme répudiée
Deborah Lamy ...
Kaltoum
Brahim Ben Salah ...
Le grand-père
Samira Draa ...
Souad
Mostefa Zerguine ...
Chauffeur car 1
Habib Zrafi ...
Routier
Lotfi Yahya Jedidi ...
Chauffeur bus 2 (as Lotfi Yahya)
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An extraordinary story of a young woman raised in Switzerland who travels back to Algeria, her birthplace, to meet and kill her natural mother, who abandoned her shortly after birth. Along the way, she is exposed to the brutality of desert life and, in particular, the abuses that men heap upon women in fundamentalist, third world countries. Birth, death and life in general, have little meaning as people struggle for survival. The scenery is stark but at the same time beautiful and the faces of the characters that she meet are marvelous. The film was made in Tunisia, as it does not cast a particularly good light on Algerian men and probably could not have gotten permission to be filmed in Algeria where Sharia is the law of the land. Written by Bigdgun

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Searching one's past
26 April 2009 | by (Bangalore) – See all my reviews

The last scene of the movie is where this old demented woman races to keep up with a bus. It tugs. It defines the movie. Its what stays. Most of the movie is in most ways preparing for the last 15 minutes. There's dust and mountains and old withered people. And there's this beautiful woman looking for her mother. The mountains were paradise in her dreams but she dislikes the reality she sees. There's anger from unknown unresolved past. The visual is compelling – desert life and wrinkled humanity. But again, it's the last scene – the spirited run, trying to keep up with the bus, madness, umbilical bonds, intensity of life, unconstrained emotion – that's what stays as the memory.


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