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Hi Cousin! (1996)

Salut cousin! (original title)
Salut Cousin! is the tale of two Algerian cousins and their mishaps in the racially volatile environment of Paris.


Merzak Allouache
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gad Elmaleh ... Alilo
Messaoud Hattau Messaoud Hattau ... Mok (as Mess Hattou)
Magaly Berdy Magaly Berdy ... Fatoumata
Ann-Gisel Glass Ann-Gisel Glass ... Laurence
Jean Benguigui ... Maurice
Xavier Maly ... Claude
Cheik Doukouré Cheik Doukouré ... Le voisin
Mohamed Ourdache Mohamed Ourdache ... Rachid
Dalila Renault Dalila Renault ... Malika
Fatiha Cheriguene Fatiha Cheriguene ... Tante Adjia
Malek Kateb Malek Kateb ... Oncle Mohamed
Arno Chevrier Arno Chevrier ... Goudrand
Mostefa Djadjam Mostefa Djadjam ... Jo le barman
Faisal Attia Faisal Attia ... Présentateur rap
Guy Amram Guy Amram ... Ghetteur


Alilo arrives in Paris, met by his hip cousin Mok. Alilo is to pick up a suitcase of dresses to smuggle back to Algiers for resale. He's lost the dressmaker's address and his boss is gone for five days, so he stays in the Moskova neighborhood of the 18th arrondissement with Mok. Mok makes rap music of Jean de La Fontaine's fables, invents fabrications of his own, is in debt to his bookie, and in love with a punk rocker. Alilo's old-country sweetness, in contrast with Mok's big-city neuroses, gets the attention of Fatoumata, a lovely African neighbor. Once Alilo gets the dresses, he must return to Algiers, but it seems he's only started to live: is there any way he can stay? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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France | Algeria | Belgium | Luxembourg


French | Arabic

Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hi Cousin! See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


  • Prix de la Bourse d'Aide du Festival International de Montpellier, avec le concours de la société Agfa
  • Prix des Critiques Arabes au Festival de Cannes 1996
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Follows Bab El Oued City (1994) See more »


Dansez maintenant
written by J.Dupont, T. Teplier and 'Christophe Boettinger'
(variation on a fable by 'Jean La Fontaine'
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entertaining and enriching
7 November 2002 | by crystal1982See all my reviews

Salut portrays post-modern French society, through the eyes of Maghrebines, truthfully and comically. The characters, despite certain eccentricities, are real and the actors who play them are truly talented. The movie follows a few days of an Algerian man, Alilo's, "business" trip to Paris where he stays with his cousin who has lived in the city for years. He is unfamiliar with the metropolitan ways of the city of that of his cousin. However, he soon finds that he is in love and wishes to stay in the city. Amidst that, we see the underlying problems peoples of Maghreb and immigrant decent face in France today.

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