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Yema (2012)

Une petite maison abandonnée, isolée dans la campagne algérienne. Ouardia y a enterré son fils Tarik, militaire peut-être tué par son propre frère Ali, dirigeant dun maquis islamiste. Elle ... See full synopsis »

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Djamila Sahraoui
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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Djamila Sahraoui Djamila Sahraoui ... Ouardia
Samir Yahia Samir Yahia ... Le gardien
Ali Zarif Ali Zarif ... Ali
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Une petite maison abandonnée, isolée dans la campagne algérienne. Ouardia y a enterré son fils Tarik, militaire peut-être tué par son propre frère Ali, dirigeant dun maquis islamiste. Elle est surveillée par un des hommes dAli, amputé dun bras suite à une explosion. Dans cet univers crispé par la douleur et figé par la sécheresse, la vie va peu à peu reprendre ses droits. Grâce au jardin que Ouardia fera refleurir à force de courage, de travail et dobstination. Grâce au gardien, victime lui aussi, finalement adopté par Ouardia. Grâce surtout à larrivée entre eux de lenfant de Malia, une femme aimée des deux frères, morte en accouchant. Mais Ouardia nest pas au bout de ses épreuves. Ali, le fils maudit, revient, grièvement blessé

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Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

28 August 2013 (France) See more »

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Ouardia avait deux enfants See more »

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€1,200,000 (estimated)
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magnificent tragedy
20 November 2012 | by jagayhereSee all my reviews

Harsh and beautiful - the land, the mother, the story. Djamila Sahraoui pays beautiful tribute here to the complexity of love, of land, of family in a quiet, meditative film that dares to take the time to let viewers see and think and feel on their own.

After several impressive documentaries and her emotionally rich first feature, "Barakat!", she continues telling stories about Algeria and its recent past. Working with several local actors, on location in Algeria, she manages to communicate - with very spare dialogue - the fratricidal nature of the civil war and the complex motivations involved in choosing sides. She portrays the slow rhythm of the countryside, the cycles of life and death.

Beautiful camera work with natural light, a testimony to how well a story can be told when it has to be told, no matter how small the budget.


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