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Viva Algeria (2004)

Viva Laldjérie (original title)
This movie portrays three women living in today's Algeria between modern society and Islamic fundamentalism, self-determination and dependence. Goucem, a young woman who works for a ... See full summary »

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Goucem
Biyouna ...
Papicha
Nadia Kaci ...
Fifi
Jalil Naciri ...
Samir
Abbes Zahmani ...
Chouchou
Florence Giorgetti ...
La voyante
Lounès Tazairt ...
Docteur Aniss Sassi
Akim Isker ...
Yacine Sassi
Fawzi B. Saichi ...
Le planton du cadastre (as Faouzi Saichi)
Serge Avedikian ...
Monsieur Fares
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Le petit garçon du cortège
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Nounou, le concierge
Cheb Abdou Jr. ...
Ami de M. Fares
Samir Abdoun ...
Le serveur du Rouge-Gorge
Rabah Aridj ...
Le vendeur de tableaux
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This movie portrays three women living in today's Algeria between modern society and Islamic fundamentalism, self-determination and dependence. Goucem, a young woman who works for a photographer and mistress of a rich doctor, her mother Papicha, a former cabaret star, and her best friend Fifi, a prostitute, all live in a hotel in the city center of Algiers. Their difficult personal situation and the growing influence of Islam lead to dramatic consequences... Written by fippi2000

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Drei Frauen in Algier  »

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Curiously uninvolving and dull.
3 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I was curious about this film, as it's about several women in modern day Algeria. Unfortunately, the story itself never caught my interest--mostly because the film felt more like a dispassionate film made by a documentarian instead of a full-length story about people. The bottom line is that I didn't care about these people nor their seedy lives.

The film is about three women: Goucem, a very screwed up young lady who's been having an affair with a married man for three years, Papicha (Goucem's mother) who is an ex-prostitute and Fif who is currently a prostitute. Their problems and concerns never really registered with me.

What I found interesting about the film was actually not the story (I didn't like it at all) but the views into modern Algeria. Though a Muslim nation, I was surprised at the nudity (it was graphic) and the very secular nature of the characters and situations. It flies in the face of stereotypes of Muslim nations--giving us a fuller view of the various facets of life and attitudes. But this, unfortunately, was not enough. The story left me amazingly cold and bored.


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