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Poetical Refugee (2000)

La faute à Voltaire (original title)
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

14 February 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Poetical Refugee See more »

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Flach Film See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dak Ezzine Ala Slamtou
Written by Dahmane El Harrachi
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First time director breaks the rules
12 November 2001 | by louise_maherSee all my reviews

This film was very poorly received in it's native country and it's easy to guess why. It highlights many of the less attractive characteristics of the French and their attitudes towards those living on the more uncomfortable edges of their society. Watching the film, it is impossible not to reflect with shame upon any time you have avoided eye contact with a begger or street vendor. Not exactly the sort of feeling you hope to get for your 45 Franc entrance fee. Discomfiting his viewers is not the only way in which Kechiche breaks the rules. The basic film formula is completely abandoned in favour of a realistic story - an almost unprecedented approach to film making. One of the major characters disappears without trace halfway through the film. This sort of thing happens in everyone's life - you break up with your boyfriend and never hear from him again - but filmmaking rules stipulate that such departures should be neatly explained and followed up. It seems Kechiche never learnt the rules, or indeed that he's completely uninterested in making a commercially successful or at least critically acclaimed film. But that's his business - whatever his motives were, I'm glad I stumbled into the cinema when I did, as la Faute a Voltaire, one of the most touching and impressive films I've seen in years, only got ran for a few weeks in Paris cinemas.


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