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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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4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »


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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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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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9 October 2001 | by OresteSee all my reviews

An Algerian immigrant, few days before receiving his papers to become a Canadian citizen finds out that his 19 years old son has erased all the data from government offices, as a terrorist action, and has disappeared somewhere in Northern Quebec.

With Huguette (his son's girlfriend, a tattoo artist), he leaves in a truck, "borrowed" to his former employer, for the Temiscamingue region where they try to convince this 19 years old revolutionnary not to destroy, with twenty guys, a bunch of passports.

Even if the terrorist underscore of the film sounds weak, it is a great motor of emotions beautifully delivered by the actors. Anger, compassion, love, all leading to a very touching - tear-pulling - ending for the movie, on an almost caricatural national anthem sung by immigrants.

This film is at the image of the new Québec cinema, new faces, new themes, new realities, a new form for the poetic languages, with it's strengths and weaknesses, with a great sense of reality, leaving enough space for the mind to travel.

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