Aïcha (2008– )
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La grande débrouille 

Rid of her rival Gloria, Aïcha will do everything to make her boss proud, with Ginette's help. Patrick presents her with a love ultimatum: their mothers must meet. And to top it off, things are getting worse in the neighborhood.

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Yamina Benguigui

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Yamina Benguigui, Yamina Benguigui (original idea) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Essaïdi Sofia Essaïdi ... Aïcha
Amidou ... Monsieur Bouamazza
Rabia Mokeddem Rabia Mokeddem ... Madame Bouamazza
Farida Khelfa Farida Khelfa ... Malika
Biyouna Biyouna ... Biyouna
Shemss Audat ... Nedjma
Priscilla Attal-Sfez Priscilla Attal-Sfez ... Lisa (as Priscilla Attal)
Linda Bouhenni Linda Bouhenni ... Farida
Firmine Richard ... Madame Ginette
Blanche Raynal Blanche Raynal ... La mère de Patrick
Cyrielle Clair ... Albane Granger
Axel Kiener Axel Kiener ... Patrick
Philippe Lavil Philippe Lavil ... Monsieur Maurice
Jean Benguigui Jean Benguigui ... Docteur Accoca
Bunny Godillot Bunny Godillot ... Madame Maillard
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Rid of her rival Gloria, Aïcha will do everything to make her boss proud, with Ginette's help. Patrick presents her with a love ultimatum: their mothers must meet. And to top it off, things are getting worse in the neighborhood.

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 September 2011 (France) See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Elemiah,France 2 (FR2) See more »
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Follows Aïcha: Job à tout prix (2011) See more »

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'Aïcha: La grande débrouille' - is well worth watching.
18 April 2013 | by bluebootSee all my reviews

This made for TV French drama about life in a tower block is entertaining. A thriving oddball community lives in an 18 storey tower block where the lives of all are blighted by non-working elevators. At first residents hold impromptu meetings that lead only to discontent with one another. No plans are agreed on how to force the tower block company to make the required repairs. However, the key character, Aicha (played by Sofia Essaidi) gains everyone's attention and disgruntled residents start to listen.

Aicha works closely with Ginette (Firmine Richard) her boss, and has a love interest in Patrick. Gradually, Aicha involves more people, while others form a media pressure group 'Elevators for All' who decide to film weary residents climbing the stairs. Patrick gives an ultimatum to Aicha.... their mothers, one of whom is French the other Arabic, must meet or their relationship ends. The mothers do meet though that turns into a calamitous situation when Aicha's father (Amidou) returns home unexpectedly. The elevator parts needed are from Romania, so in steps Ionescu, Romanian ex-lover of one of Aicha's friends. By hook or by crook, the story and the elevators come together well.

Patrick disappears for a time but returns and also finds a way to speed up the elevator repairs, to Aich'a delight. The plot is gentle, witty and unusual in that there are no real dramas except in the daily lives and mishaps of the characters, including one man's dog, too sick to negotiate eighteen flights of stairs, and dies. Even that leads to love when a neighbour many floors below empathises and mourns with him. Well made, with a frenetic dialogue at times and chilled in places too – this story has an unmistakable feel-good factor.


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