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The Great Journey (2004)

Le grand voyage (original title)
Reda, a young French-Moroccan guy and his old father drive from the south of France to Mecca in order for the father to do his pilgrimage. At first distant, they gradually learn to know each other.

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Ismaël Ferroukhi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cazalé ... Reda
Mohamed Majd Mohamed Majd ... The Father
Jacky Nercessian ... Mustapha
Ghina Ognianova Ghina Ognianova ... La vieille femme
Kamel Belghazi Kamel Belghazi ... Khalid
Atik Mohamed Atik Mohamed ... Le pélerin Ahmad
Malika Mesrar El Hadaoui Malika Mesrar El Hadaoui ... La mère
François Baroni François Baroni ... Le douanier italien
Krassi Kpacu Krassi Kpacu ... Le douanier serbe
Kirill Kavadarkov Kirill Kavadarkov ... Le barman yougoslave
Blajo Wymenski Blajo Wymenski ... L'homme du change
Diyan Machev Diyan Machev ... L'homme bavard (as Dean Matchev)
Erol Atac Erol Atac ... Douanier turc 1 (as Erol Ataç)
Sadik Deveci Sadik Deveci ... Douanier turc 2
Nihat Nikerel Nihat Nikerel ... Chef policier turc
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Storyline

Reda, summoned to accompany his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca, complies reluctantly - as he preparing for his baccalaureat and, even more important, has a secret love relationship. The trip across Europe in a broken-down car is also the departure of his father: upon arrival in Mecca, both Reda and his father are not the characters they were at the start of the movie. Avoiding the hackneyed theme of the return to the homeland, the film uses the departure to renew a connection between two generation. Written by Anonymous

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A voyage beyond corporal life

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Morocco | Bulgaria | Turkey

Release Date:

24 November 2004 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Reda: Why didn't you fly to Mecca? It's a lot simpler.
The Father: When the waters of the ocean rise to the heavens, they lose their bitterness to become pure again...
Reda: What?
The Father: The ocean waters evaporate as they rise to the clouds. And as they evaporate they become fresh. That's why it's better to go on your pilgrimage on foot than on horseback, better on horseback than by car, better by car than by boat, better by boat than by plane.
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Outstanding movie.
6 June 2009 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This movie is great! This movie is beautiful! Finally, a movie that portrays Moslems as PEOPLE, no stereotypes here. This movie is driven by the story, by the acting and above all by its theme, that of cultural affirmation and discovery. They may seem like clichés but they are not, at least not in this movie. The vista of the Grand Mosque of Mecca is absolutely stupendous and the audience is given a glimpse of a side of the Moslem world that is rarely of ever shown in the West. Here the people are caring, supportive, devout, tolerant and devoted to each other. What a welcomed and way overdue departure from the usual negative portrayals of Arabs. Outstanding movie.


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