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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 ...
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Samira Draa ...
Souad
Mostefa Zerguine ...
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Habib Zrafi ...
Routier
Lotfi Yahya Jedidi ...
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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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This film is all about discovery.
13 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a fabulous film depicting a young woman's journey back to the country of her birth in search of her mother. On this trip through the Moroccan deserts, she learns as much about this foreign country as she does about her family and herself.

A series of twisting and turning events draws her through encounters with a vast array of characters.

Superb cinematography rounds off an excellent script which has been convincingly cast and beautifully acted. The delicate soundtrack complements the film perfectly.

This is a moving film which will leave you thinking about the storyline for a long time!


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