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Reda, a young French-Moroccan guy and his old father drive from the south of France to Mecca in order for the father to do his pilgrimage. At first distant, they gradually learn to know each other.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cazalé ...
Reda
Mohamed Majd ...
The Father
Jacky Nercessian ...
Mustapha
Ghina Ognianova ...
La vieille femme
Kamel Belghazi ...
Khalid
Atik Mohamed ...
Le pélerin Ahmad
Malika Mesrar El Hadaoui ...
La mère
François Baroni ...
Le douanier italien
Krassi Kpacu ...
Le douanier serbe
Kirill Kavadarkov ...
Le barman yougoslave
Blajo Wymenski ...
L'homme du change
Diyan Machev ...
L'homme bavard (as Dean Matchev)
Erol Atac ...
Douanier turc 1 (as Erol Ataç)
Sadik Deveci ...
Douanier turc 2
Nihat Nikerel ...
Chef policier turc
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Reda, summoned to accompany his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca, complies reluctantly - as he preparing for his baccalaureat and, even more important, has a secret love relationship. The trip across Europe in a broken-down car is also the departure of his father: upon arrival in Mecca, both Reda and his father are not the characters they were at the start of the movie. Avoiding the hackneyed theme of the return to the homeland, the film uses the departure to renew a connection between two generation. Written by Anonymous

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A voyage beyond corporal life

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Reda: Why didn't you fly to Mecca? It's a lot simpler.
The Father: When the waters of the ocean rise to the heavens, they lose their bitterness to become pure again...
Reda: What?
The Father: The ocean waters evaporate as they rise to the clouds. And as they evaporate they become fresh. That's why it's better to go on your pilgrimage on foot than on horseback, better on horseback than by car, better by car than by boat, better by boat than by plane.
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poignant, thought-provoking, touching
11 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I won't repeat all that has been said already by other viewers of this film.

In my opinion this is an excellent film, not only as a very human tale of the developing relationship between a father and his grown-up son, but also as a little window onto the world of practising Islam, for those like me who are not very familiar with that religion.

An important aspect of this story is that of the young man's relation to his father's beliefs and practices, and how his attitude towards the religion seems to alter in subtle ways as we progress on their journey with them.

This is a very thought-provoking, enjoyable and well-made film that I would recommend to anyone with brain and heart.


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