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The Well (2015)

Le puits (original title)
Set during the Algerian War of Independence. In the film, the French army surrounds a southern Algerian village where they believe an enemy is being hidden and force the inhabitants to either confront the issue or die of thirst.


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Credited cast:
Nadia Kaci Nadia Kaci ... Freyha
Laurent Maurel ... Lieutenant Encinas
Layla Metssitane Layla Metssitane ... Khadidja
Ourais Achour Ourais Achour ... Cheikh Benaouda
Mohamed Adar Mohamed Adar ... Si Moulay
Hania Amar ... Meriem Kheroubi
Djamila Bahr Djamila Bahr ... Samira Boudali
Abdelkader Slimani Abdelkader Slimani ... Toufik
Mouni Bouallam Mouni Bouallam ... Nouria
Slimi Slimane Slimi Slimane ... Mansour
Nadjib Djendi Nadjib Djendi ... Tahar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mabrouk Farroudji Mabrouk Farroudji ... Kader
Jérémie Petrus Jérémie Petrus
Marwan Zeghbib Marwan Zeghbib ... French Soldier


Women and children from a village in southern Algeria find themselves besieged by soldiers and can not get out the risk of dying. Gradually, these villagers are faced with thirst. At the point where soon arises for them the dilemma of choosing their death . Written by Carthage Film Festival

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Release Date:

8 March 2016 (Algeria) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Puits See more »

Filming Locations:

Laghouat, Algeria See more »

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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (Dolby 5.1)


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Official submission of Algeria for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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17 September 2016 | by patrickyerbaSee all my reviews

The Well (a.k.a) Le Puits is the best Algerian movie i have seen so far. Except for (Les vacances de l'inspecteur Tahar) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0856282. But this one is different. It talks about something else. I felt it, liked it, it was a story about any mankind facing a death threat. I had a chance to be invited to the screening. Women and children (defenceless) of a village are surrounded by soldiers, because of a choice they didn't make. They have to take the most difficult choice of their lives. Die thirsty or die shot by enemy guns. Worth a shot. Screenplay is good, picture great. Music is good and plot well executed. Go have some emotions with this one. I give it a 9 but feel free to go see it.

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