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L'ange de goudron (2001)

Newly-arrived Ahmed tries to integrate his family to the canadian society, while attempting to control his son's life orientation.


Denis Chouinard


Denis Chouinard

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Credited cast:
Zinedine Soualem ... Ahmed Kasmi
Hiam Abbass ... Naïma Kasmi
Raba Aït Ouyahhia Raba Aït Ouyahhia ... Hafid Kasmi
Catherine Trudeau ... Huguette
Kenza Abiabdillah Kenza Abiabdillah ... Djamila Kasmi
Marc Beaupré ... Sylvain
Koumba Ball Koumba Ball ... Snoopy
Raymond Cloutier ... Roberto
Gary Boudreault Gary Boudreault ... Bertrand
Igor Ovadis ... Ruffolo
François Papineau ... Walter Desrosiers
Maude Guérin ... Pauline Toulouse
Pierre Muzadi Pierre Muzadi ... Chanteur africain
Françoise Lemieux ... Juge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandrine Agostini Alexandrine Agostini ... Réceptionist


Newly-arrived Ahmed tries to integrate his family to the canadian society, while attempting to control his son's life orientation.

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Release Date:

8 October 2003 (France) See more »

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Tar Angel See more »

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Max Films Productions See more »
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The scenes at Hafid's school were shot at Cégep St-Laurent which is the college where director 'Denis Chouinard' studied film and where Kenza Abiabdillah, who plays Djamila, studied drama. See more »

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Very Surprising!
17 August 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Tar Angel is a surprisingly engaging little Canadian movie that I've never heard of before, yet I am usually up to date on these things.

An Algierian family are all set for the final step to becoming full fledged Canadians when all of a sudden, the son they thought they knew, turns out to have plenty of secrets up his sleeve. His father, in a desperate race to save his son, has to figure out which is more important.. His son, or his citizenship? So the father and his son's girlfriend take a Northern Quebec tour (woo fun) to find him and figure out what he's up to, which leads to a somewhat harsh conclusion.

Everything about this movie is great. The acting is surprisingly excellent, and is quite well done. The only big problem I had with this movie, is that there is this big hole in the middle, when the father and the son's girlfriend go off to try to find him, the subplot, if that is indeed what it was, was there to kill time, as the story suddenly drags, but once they do find him, it immediately picks up again.

Aside from that, and some minor plot holes that the script-writer was hoping you wouldn't find, this movie is a pretty good watching.

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