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Little Jerusalem (2005)

La petite Jérusalem (original title)
A beautiful Jewish young woman still living with her orthodox family in a Parisian suburb, falls in love with a Muslim co-worker.



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Complete credited cast:
Hédi Tillette de Clermont-Tonerre ...
Djamel (as Hédi Tillette de Clermont Tonerre)
Sonia Tahar ...
The Mother
Woman at Mikva
François Marthouret ...
The Philosophy Professor
Salah Teskouk ...
Djamel's Uncle
Saïda Bekkouche ...
Djamel's Aunt
Marlon Altiparmakian ...
Michel Hadjadj ...
Anaël Cohen-Skalli ...
Chana Cohen-Skalli ...
Esther Chekroun ...
The Woman Talisman


The Tunisian-French Laura is a young woman that lives with her Orthodox Jewish family in the Jewish community in the suburbs of Paris. Her mother is a widow that left Tunisia; her sister Mathilde is having troubles in her marriage because she repressed her sexual desire based on her misunderstandings of the principles of her religion. Laura is an open minded student of philosophy and works cleaning a school in the nightshift. While Laura feels a strong passion and desire for her Muslin Algerian colleague, her sister finds that her husband had an affair with a woman and looks for an advisor that helps her to interpret the true meaning of love and the duties of a married woman. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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14 December 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Kis Jeruzsálem  »

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$4,649 (USA) (27 January 2006)


$50,126 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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Despite premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and being director Karin Albou's first feature film the movie was disqualified from being eligible for the Camera d'or, awarded to any debut film playing at the festival, because Albou had previously directed a made for TV movie. See more »

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15 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Little Jerusalem is an amazing film about a family of Orthodox Jews living in Paris.

The best reason to see this film is Fanny Valette. I think Fanny Valette may be one of the greatest actresses ever. Seeing her in this film was like seeing Brad Pitt for the first time in 'Cool World'. Although I hated, hated, hated 'Cool World', the second Brad Pitt appeared I knew he was going to be a major, major star. I felt the same way about Russell Crowe in 'Romper Stomper' as well. All I can say is brush up on your English Ms. Valette, because Hollywood is going to be pounding down your door any second now.

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