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Bye-Bye (1995)

In Paris, Ismaél, a young Tunisian, cares for two brothers, Nouredine, a cripple, and streetwise Mouloud, 14. In haste, Ismaél and Mouloud go to Marseilles where an uncle lives. Nouredine ... See full summary »


Karim Dridi


Karim Dridi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sami Bouajila ... Ismael
Nozha Khouadra Nozha Khouadra ... Yasmine
Philippe Ambrosini ... Ludo
Ouassini Embarek Ouassini Embarek ... Mouloud
Sofiane Madjid Mammeri Sofiane Madjid Mammeri ... Rhida (as Sofiane Mammeri)
Jamila Darwich-Farah Jamila Darwich-Farah ... La tante
Benaïssa Ahaouari Benaïssa Ahaouari ... L'oncle (as Benhaïssa Ahouari)
Moussa Maaskri ... Renard
Frédéric Andrau Frédéric Andrau ... Jacky
Christian Mazucchini Christian Mazucchini ... Yvon
Bernard Llopis Bernard Llopis ... Popaul
Marie Borowski Marie Borowski ... Bobo
André Neyton André Neyton ... Marcel
Emmanuel-Georges Delajoie Emmanuel-Georges Delajoie ... Mabrouk
Bakhta Tayeb Bakhta Tayeb ... La grand-mère


In Paris, Ismaél, a young Tunisian, cares for two brothers, Nouredine, a cripple, and streetwise Mouloud, 14. In haste, Ismaél and Mouloud go to Marseilles where an uncle lives. Nouredine has died in a fire, and Ismaél feels guilt on top of grief. Ismaél becomes friends with Jacky, a white man whose father and brother hate immigrants. Mouloud hangs out with cousin Rhida who breaks Islamic rules and deals hash. Ismaél decides Mouloud must return to Tunisia, but the boy runs off, becoming an acolyte to Rhida's supplier. Ismaél and Jacky's Arab girlfriend start an affair, friends betray friends, and the racism gets ugly. Can Ismaél rescue himself and Mouloud or will life in France crush them? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Letting go doesn't mean forgetting.




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Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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Aux armes et caetera
Lyrics by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Music by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
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good film, very thought provoking
27 April 2007 | by sugarmetalSee all my reviews

i've been writing my dissertation on this film (along with 'douce France'and hexagone) It's a very serious look at the issues surrounding racial tensions, generation gaps and a clash between eastern and western culture. It deals with intense topics without being overly worthy.

None of the characters are 2d...they all have multi faceted personalities which propels the story along realistically. The flashbacks Ismail has of Nouredine at the end of the film will truly make you ache.

If you're interested in exploring 'beur cinema' (the academic term, not mine!) and the representations of social issues such as poverty, discrimination and identity then definitely watch this.

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