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Samia (2000)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynda Benahouda Lynda Benahouda ... Samia
Mohamed Chabane-Chaouche Mohamed Chabane-Chaouche ... Yacine (as Mohamed Chaouch)
Kheira Oualhaci Kheira Oualhaci ... Halima, la mère
Nadia El Koutei Nadia El Koutei ... Amel, la grande soeur
Yamina Amri Yamina Amri ... La tante
Lakhdar Smati Lakhdar Smati ... Mohamed
Farida Abdallah Hadj Farida Abdallah Hadj ... Farida
Naïma Abdelhamid Naïma Abdelhamid ... Naïma
Amel Sahnoune Amel Sahnoune ... Kathia
Marie Rivière ... La conseillère d'orientation
Luc Verdier Luc Verdier ... Le fiancé d'Amel
Amine Matar Amine Matar ... Jeune 1
Sophian Benabdallah Sophian Benabdallah ... Jeune 2
Témim Chaouch Témim Chaouch ... Foued
Faroud Bouzarouza Faroud Bouzarouza ... Malik


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French | Arabic

Release Date:

3 January 2001 (France) See more »

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Dolby SR


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A clever little film shows a unique perspective
13 March 2001 | by Vornoff-3See all my reviews

This film is from France, but is not the usual French film. The main character is an adolescent girl in a strict Muslim family from Algeria living in Marseilles. She finds it impossible to reconcile the libertine, modern society of France with the confining religion of her family, but when she acts out (as teenagers will) she finds herself confronted with an abusive and cocky older brother. However, the film is not judgemental of the lifestyle and religion of these immigrants, and shows that they face institutionalized racism within their host-culture as well as dealing with the problems of girls and puberty within Islam. In the end, although not a "happy" film, one feels that it is a celebration of the personhood of a girl becoming a woman in a difficult time and place. The only disappointment is a lack of images of beautiful Marseilles, but as Samia is never allowed to go out, one can expect to see mostly her crowded apartment and immigrant living conditions.

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