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Les chemins de l'oued (2002)

Samy (Nicolas Cazalé), a young Franco-Algerian, hits a policeman at a roadblock and must flee France. He takes refuge with his grandfather (Mohamed Majd) in Algeria. But he does not speak ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Nicolas Cazalé ...
Samy
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Nadia
Mohamed Majd ...
Le grand-père
Kheireddine Defdaf ...
Issam
Hamza Bennani ...
Nabyl
Kaoutar Mohamadi ...
Souad
Mohamed Said Arif ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Clément Deva ...
Pablo
Nabil Tahar ...
Franck
Amina Medjoubi ...
La mère de Samy
Mathieu Casado ...
Clément
Paul Morel ...
Le père de Samy
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Akrame El Meziane
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Samy (Nicolas Cazalé), a young Franco-Algerian, hits a policeman at a roadblock and must flee France. He takes refuge with his grandfather (Mohamed Majd) in Algeria. But he does not speak the local language, and everything is strange to him, even members of his family: Nadia (Amira Casar) his cousin, a pregnant widow; and Qu'Issam (Kheireddine Defdaf) another cousin, who was expelled from France, and hates everything French. Samy's grandfather lives in the memory of a piece of land that no longer produces any wealth. Samy will never give the reason for his presence, but the chaotic climate of the country will revive the chaos that is in him. Written by LW

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French bred Algerian teenager's harrowing journey of self search
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I saw Morel's "A Toute Vitesse"(96) and glad to have a chance to see this film during London Film Festival 2002. Morel's approach to tackle social and moral issues is straight forward and realistic. Samy is sent away to Algeria in order to escape French jail. He's staying with his grandfather's, but he can't speak Arabic and he is experiencing a fish out of water situation. As the film progress we slowly learn about his cousins and uneasy background of the country itself. If you prefer to watch something makes you think about life and human condition you'll find this film is worth watching.


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