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Adolescente, sucre d'amour (1985)



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Credited cast:
Jacques Weber ... Karim
Hala Bassam Hala Bassam ... Samar
Juliet Berto ... Juliette
Youssef Housni Youssef Housni ... Donatien
Denise Filiatrault ... Mother
Ali Diab Ali Diab ... Father
Khaled El Sayed Khaled El Sayed ... Man with one eye
Claude Préfontaine ... Elie
Souheir Salhani Souheir Salhani ... Leila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hassan Mrad Hassan Mrad


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Lebanon | France | Canada | Argentina


French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 August 1985 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Suspended Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon

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29 April 2003 | by Pro JurySee all my reviews

A SUSPENDED LIFE was a pleasure to watch. The camera follows (often ala François Truffaut) the activities of Samar -- a slender, feminine, beautiful young teenager. Her attractive essence is in striking contrast to the ruins and violence around her as she navigates war-torn Beirut. Samar tries to be a good daughter to her family. She tries to help her younger friends and keep them safe. She finds her first romantic love.

Hala Bassam does a fine job as Samar. The other supporting characters have plenty of depth to keep them interesting.

The music works well with the visuals -- and the visuals are sometimes stylish, sometimes fanciful, but always amazing.

The ending is less than pleasing, but as the director takes poetic liberties from time to time, perhaps the viewer should not take the ending at face value. Rank = 9. Highly recommended.

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