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Bab El Oued City (1994)

Follows the conflict between a young Algerian man and the local Islamic fundamentalists.

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Merzak Allouache
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadia Kaci Nadia Kaci ... Yamina
Mohamed Ourdache Mohamed Ourdache ... Said
Hassan Abidou Hassan Abidou ... Boualem
Mabrouk Ait Amara Mabrouk Ait Amara ... Mabrouk
Messaoud Hattau Messaoud Hattau ... Mess
Mourad Khen Mourad Khen ... Rachid
Djamila Djamila ... Lalla Djamila
Simone Vignote Simone Vignote ... The aunt
Michel Such Michel Such ... Paulo Gosen
Nadia Samir Nadia Samir ... Ouardya
Areski Nebti Areski Nebti ... Hassan the baker
Osmane Bechikh Osmane Bechikh ... The postman
Fawzi B. Saichi Fawzi B. Saichi ... The shoemender
Fatma Zohra Bouseboua Fatma Zohra Bouseboua ... Hanifa
Ahmed Benaissa Ahmed Benaissa ... The Imam
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Storyline

Bab El-Oued, a popular district of Algiers, in 1989, a few months after the riots. Boualem works at night in a bakery and steals the loudspeaker that was installed on his roof and was broadcasting the Imam's word... therefore preventing him from sleeping. This blunder is taken as a pretext by the Islamists to put the district under their control... Written by Yepok

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Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

16 November 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bab El-Oued City See more »

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Stereo

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This movie is ranked number 96 in the list of "TOP 100 Arabic Films" in history, the list released in 2013 from Dubai International Film Festival and picked by 475 cinema expert. See more »

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Followed by Hi Cousin! (1996) See more »

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Haunting
5 November 2007 | by Aulic ExclusivaSee all my reviews

A searing film about the growing tension between secular and fundamentalist Algerians that would plunge Algeria into a blood bath soon after this movie was made.

The tendency of an oppressed society to self-mutilation is made painfully palpable: nobody is happy and nobody CAN be happy; nobody can enjoy even what they love; only hatred and despair are left. And the longing, somehow, to escape.

All the participants act as though their lives depended on it: especially unforgettable is the strikingly beautiful Hassan Abdou (listed as Abidou by IMDb) whose unique face seems to embody all the happiness that could be, but isn't.


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