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Inch'Allah dimanche (2001)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 5 December 2001 (France)
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The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the ... See full summary »

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Yamina Benguigui
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7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Fejria Deliba Fejria Deliba ... Zouina
Rabia Mokeddem Rabia Mokeddem ... Aïcha, la mère
Amina Annabi ... Malika Bouira
Anass Behri Anass Behri ... Rachid
Hamza Oubuih Hamza Oubuih ... Mouloud Bouira
Zinedine Soualem ... Ahmed
France Darry France Darry ... Madame Donze
Roger Dumas ... Monsieur Donze
Marie-France Pisier ... Madame Manant
Mathilde Seigner ... Mademoiselle Briat
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Le chauffeur de bus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doudja Achachi Doudja Achachi ... Mere de Zouina
Othmane Aghbal Othmane Aghbal ... Ali
Zouina Boubdalah Zouina Boubdalah ... Zohra Bouira
Marc Brunet Marc Brunet ... Le militaire
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The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the past ten years. In a land and culture foreign to her, Zouina struggles against her mother-in-law's tyrannical hand and her husband's distrustful bitterness in an attempt to adjust to her life in exile. Written by Film Movement

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

France | Algeria

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

5 December 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Inch'Allah Sunday See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color
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Inch'Allah Dimanche is a crowd pleaser.
12 January 2002 | by epetrovSee all my reviews

This one should be a real crowd pleaser. It's a women's film that evokes both laughter and tears. It's got a sympathetic Muslim protagonist, Zoina, who evolves into a feminist icon. The musical sound track is emotional dynamite, even though the lyrics are largely untranslated and may, one suspects, contain information that would illuminate the narrative. There are lots of fascinating cross-cultural devices. All this and a happy ending too. The only problem with Inch Allah Dimanche is that it's artistically spurious. The most glaring deficiency is character development. There is no explanation, for example, as to how this Algerian woman came to be such a cultural anomaly. We can see her growing anger and rebellion under the rain of abuse from her mother-in-law and husband, but where is the wellspring of prior experience? And, even more troublesome, how do we explain the sudden transformation of her heretofore stereotypical Arab husband in the final scene? Audiences, however, are likely love this film in spite of its obvious flaws.


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