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Rengaine (2012)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Slimane Dazi ... Slimane
Sabrina Hamida Sabrina Hamida ... Sabrina
Stéphane Soo Mongo Stéphane Soo Mongo ... Dorcy
Nina Morato Nina Morato ... Nina
Hakim Ammar Boudjelal Hakim Ammar Boudjelal
Mourad Hocine Mourad Hocine
Matisse Tiby Matisse Tiby
Mehdi Djaïdani Mehdi Djaïdani
Jude Camilus Jude Camilus
Brendan Backmann Brendan Backmann
Stéphane Riah Stéphane Riah
Kamel Zouaoui Kamel Zouaoui
Rachida Naceur Rachida Naceur ... (as Rachida Nacceur)
Marcelline Ngossoo Mongo Marcelline Ngossoo Mongo
Gharib El Mezdari Gharib El Mezdari
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French

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14 November 2012 (France) See more »

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An old chestnut nicely done
8 March 2013 | by dvdjankovicSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie at the Francophone Film Days in Budapest.

Marked by idiosyncratic cinematography and shot (almost) entirely with hand-held cameras, with its frequent and sometimes nauseating cuts this movie might scare away many after the first few minutes. But it is precisely this deliberate insolence which gives it its charm, the impressionistic takes and inquiring close-ups adding an 'underground' feel. This is complemented by a kind of self-reflection: the abduction scenes parodically referencing the problems faced by independent filmmakers.

And then there is the theme, the racial conflicts between Christians, Muslims and Jews, the bounds of tradition put to the test by love. A theme adapted on screen so many times in contemporary francophone cinema we stopped counting. Yet here is a fresh approach, indicated by the original title of the movie. 'Rengaine' means 'an old chestnut', that is, a subject which has been discussed or repeated so many times that it is not interesting any more. This movie succeeds in being a hilariously funny comedy and a drama at the same time, by approaching its material with subtle and intelligent humor with a shade of parody; and, on the other hand, treating the underlying human conflicts seriously. The last scene is especially well crafted in this context, both suspenseful and deep.

I would recommend this movie to all in love with cinema, for it is a truly uplifting and enjoyable experience.


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