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Leila (2010)

Toi, moi, les autres (original title)
A musical centered on the romance between a wealthy slacker and an Arab law student.

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Leïla
Benjamin Siksou ...
Gabriel
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Alexandra
Marie-Sohna Condé ...
Tina
Chantal Lauby ...
Valérie
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Brice
Djanis Bouzyani ...
Momo
Guesch Patti ...
La femme de l'Est
Martine Gomis ...
Kaïna
Emir Seghir ...
Agib
Renaud Astegiani ...
Angelo
Selim Clayssen ...
Souleyman
Math Samba ...
Fidèle
Gladys Gambie ...
Glawdys
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Abdellatif
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A musical centered on the romance between a wealthy slacker and an Arab law student.

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# 07 : Paris, me, your river banks, your privileged and your abused (web)
19 February 2014 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

Lately, watching Paris in movies (« frantic », « max »), i would say that this wasn't my Paris : Now, this is the one i live everyday, in subway, in streets. Paris isn't an united or tolerant city but an addition of ghetto: it's the left-bank vs the the right-bank, the wealthy vs the poor, the white vs the non-white. Last year during my trip in Sweden, i learned the word « gentrification » and i think that what's happening to Paris : in short, Paris is the home of those who have money and they oust slowly but surely those who haven't.

This movie isn't really about gentrification but the dynamic is here : the boy from the powerful family and the girl from the poor district : if the beginning is light and happy and makes think it will be superficial musical comedy, the story takes a dramatic turn as soon as the illegal mother is arrested : strangely, the songs are much better, especially Balavoine's « save love » ! By dealing with the immigrant fate, the movie really wins a heart, all the more that this subject is usually put in the closet. The lines are powerful with one side talking about file, number and the other fighting with person, family ! Leila is always good playing rebellious, upright characters and if like her partner, she dances better than she sings, this movie is definitely a happy breath in our old dusty and blind french cinema.


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