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Rafaël (2018)

The Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nazir, married to the pregnant Dutch hairdresser Kimmy, to escape to Europe.

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Ben Sombogaart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melody Klaver ... Kimmy
Nabil Mallat ... Nazir
Mehdi Meskar Mehdi Meskar ... Rafaël
Nawfel Bardad-Daidj Nawfel Bardad-Daidj ... Tunisian officer at the airport
Tine Joustra ... Civil servant at Dutch embassy
Iwan Walhain Iwan Walhain ... Foreign affairs official in the Hague
Antonio Scarpa ... Officer Torelli on Lampedusa
Medina Schuurman Medina Schuurman ... Annet - Kimmy's mother
Rabbah Besseghir Rabbah Besseghir ... Human trafficker chief
Junes Lazaar Junes Lazaar ... Human trafficker spy
Urmie Plein Urmie Plein ... Midwife
Leonora Surian Leonora Surian ... Red Cross employee on Lampedusa
Beppe Costa Beppe Costa ... Civil servant at Italian embassy
Claude Musungayi Claude Musungayi ... Youssouf - man on boat
Lieve Carchon Lieve Carchon ... Landlady on Lampedusa
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Storyline

The Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nazir, married to the pregnant Dutch hairdresser Kimmy, to escape to Europe, but he ends up in Lampedusa, imprisoned as an illegal refugee. RAFAËL is a romantic drama about two lovers giving everything they have, just to be reunited for the birth of their son Rafaël. It is a suspenseful story about borders, dreams, perseverance and love-transcending bureaucracy, borders and even prison walls. Written by Rinkel Film

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Drama

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Trivia

Except 1 shooting day in The Hague (Netherlands) Rafael was shot completely in Croatia. See more »

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She Said Yes
Written by Hannes De Maeyer
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manifesto
17 April 2020 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Using a dramatic real event from a family life, this film is a pure manifesto for the rights of people. Not bad crafted, interesting and touching, giving a sort of poetry of image in fair manner, its end is the obvious proof of the interest. And, sure, the accusations against UE policy, about the attittude about imimgrants, about politic and its impossibility to solve problems of ordinary people. It is a love story but the love seems only the support. So, just a manifesto.


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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium | Croatia

Language:

English | Dutch | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

11 October 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

Croatia

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,320
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2.39:1
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