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Daughter of Keltoum (2001)
"La fille de Keltoum" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  10 April 2002 (France)
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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 ... 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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The Story Is Perfect Even if the Details Aren't
8 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BENT KELTOUM is movie storytelling at its most powerful. It overcame many flaws. There were unexplained irrational elements, the characters may not have spoken in regionally accurate dialect, and some of the violent and sexist action may have been overdone; however, the actors fully disappeared into their roles and relationships, and the plot moved forward blending incidents into a coherent and satisfying narrative. The characters Nejma and the Repudiated Woman were particularly interesting. The visuals authentically supported the narrative and illuminated the characters. Shooting this film on location can't have been easy, but the result is rewarding.


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