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100% Arabic (1997)

100% Arabica (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | 5 November 1997 (France)
The movie takes place in a poverty-stricken, rent-controlled neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. Algerian immigrants, many of whom are in France illegally, the place has earned the ... See full summary »

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Mahmoud Zemmouri
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Khaled Khaled ... Rachid
Mohamed Khelifati Mohamed Khelifati ... Krimo
Mouss Zouheyri Mouss Zouheyri ... Slimane (as Mouss)
Najim Laouriga Najim Laouriga ... Madjid
Farid Fedjer Farid Fedjer ... Kamel
Youssef Diawara Youssef Diawara ... Sylla
Patrice Thibaud Patrice Thibaud ... Bernard Lemercier
Muhammad Camara Muhammad Camara ... Salem (as Mohamed Camara)
Nedjma Nedjma ... Zoubida, la mère de Rachid
Medhi Bougima Medhi Bougima ... Omar
Bass Dhem ... Un des 3 Diop (as Ahmadou Bass Dhem)
Balla Touré Balla Touré ... Un des 3 Diop
Gaoussou Diarra Gaoussou Diarra ... Un des 3 Diop
Saïd Dahmani Saïd Dahmani ... Brahim
Abdelmalek Fillali Abdelmalek Fillali ... Nordine
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The movie takes place in a poverty-stricken, rent-controlled neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. Algerian immigrants, many of whom are in France illegally, the place has earned the nickname of "100%Arabica". It's a rough neighborhood - crime is rampant, gangs of juvenile delinquents roam the streets, and the police are afraid to patrol the area. When the out-of-touch mayor decides that he wants to restore order to the area, he offers a subsidy to Slimane, the imam of the local mosque. If Slimane can get people off the streets, the mayor will continue the payments. Soon the byways of 100%Arabica are almost peaceful - but not because of something Slimane has done. The reason is that a new Rai Band, Rap Oriental, has taken the neighborhood by storm... Written by James Beradinelli

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Une comédie totalement raï

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Comedy | Music

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Very nice movie
15 April 2007 | by MubukuGrappaSee all my reviews

No, it does not deserve a 10 if you talk in absolute terms (probably not even an 8!), but it's a very light-hearted nice movie which makes its point in a non-over the top way. Of course, I did not pick this movie up to laugh, but rather because I saw the faces of Khaled and Cheb Mami on the cover of the DVD. Khaled is probably the most well-known Rai singer all over the world, ever since his 'Didi' became an international hit. For me, however, the most captivating Rai singer is Cheb Mami, the prince of Rai. I have been a big fan of his ever since I heard his "Desert Rose" with Sting, which was only reinforced since I heard him with Zucchero in "Cosi Celeste".

This movie is both humorous and satirical at the same time, and that is the most vital ingredient of the movie. It's more like a long-running sitcom with many episodes that rely heavily on, more than anything else, situational comedy. I do not mean anything negative by it though! Many of the episodes shown in the movie are stories one hears about any tough neighborhood in a major city, anywhere in the world. Khaled is definitely not an actor; he is stiff and he often smiles (or tries hard to suppress his smile) on camera, and Cheb Mami also looks visibly uneasy trying to act, but those are minor points.

I would have liked to see Sting as the Social Security Ispector and Zucchero as the band manager, but that is probably asking too much. So for the time being, I am satisfied with the movie.


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Language:

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5 November 1997 (France) See more »

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