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Poetical Refugee (2000)

La Faute à Voltaire (original title)
Like Voltaire's Candide in his eponymous novel, Jallel, a young North-African man, dreaming of better prospects, immigrates illegally to France. He struggles at first as he is unable to ... See full summary »

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Abdellatif Kechiche (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sami Bouajila ... Jallel
Élodie Bouchez ... Lucie
Bruno Lochet ... Franck
Aure Atika ... Nassera
Olivier Loustau ... Antonio
Virginie Darmon Virginie Darmon ... Leila
Mustapha Adouani Mustapha Adouani ... Mostfa
Sami Zitouni Sami Zitouni ... Nono
Carole Franck Carole Franck ... Barbara
Jean-Michel Fête Jean-Michel Fête ... Philippe
Manuel Le Lièvre Manuel Le Lièvre ... André
François Genty François Genty ... Paul
Meriem Serbah Meriem Serbah ... La marieuse
Francis Arnaud Francis Arnaud ... Le fonctionnaire
Nejlb Nekales Nejlb Nekales ... Hocine
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Like Voltaire's Candide in his eponymous novel, Jallel, a young North-African man, dreaming of better prospects, immigrates illegally to France. He struggles at first as he is unable to find work and finds it difficult to make friends. But soon he gets to sell fruits in the underground, albeit illegally. He also makes some new friends and then falls in love. But his dreams of success remain unrealized as he comes to discover and share the solidarity of the other outcasts going from one encounter to the other, making his way through Paris, from hostels to immigrant aid societies and social welfare groups, living among the excluded and the destitute. Written by brahamdali

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Country:

France | Tunisia

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

14 February 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Poetical Refugee See more »

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Production Co:

Flach Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Brave Margot
Written and Composed by Georges Brassens
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More confused than impressive
13 April 2002 | by rog-15See all my reviews

Really, this wasn´t very impressive at all. The last few years, french filmmakers have produced one socially conscious movie after another , in many different styles but many extremely good films. La Faute à Voltaire, on the other hand, never pays off. The director seems to be confused about what story he wants to tell, and ends up saying nothing at all. Take a look at Nos vies heureuses or the brilliant Resources humaines instead.


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