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Bab El Oued City (1994)

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

Director:

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 »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria

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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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Flawed but interesting capture of a moment of change
15 July 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Interesting and informative, if not deeply emotionally gripping. A portrait of the rise of local thuggish Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria, and their conflict with a moderate baker who steals their blaring speaker so he can sleep.

With a few exceptions the characters aren't very deep and are confined to archetypes, although the ending twist is interesting. That said, this grew on me a bit on a 2nd viewing. While the acting still often seemed amateurish, there was more emotion, and more a sense of a film with historical import; an attempt to capture and understand a moment in time when everything in a society is changing.


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