When is recently widowed, it is difficult to get used to his new life - This is the case of Hubert Jacquin, who spends most of his time in his huge apartment to depress front of his TV. One... See full summary »
It's a fact. Fatah, a sympathetic Algerian farmer, even more than his wife, he only has eyes for his prized heifer Jacqueline, dreaming to see her victorious at Paris' renowned competition in the annual Salon de l'Agriculture. And then one day, much to the village's surprise, unsuspecting Fatah's faith and perseverance finally pay off when he receives a long-awaited precious invitation to take part in the prestigious contest. So without delay, Fatah who had never left neither his family nor his village, sets off on an exciting open-air adventure full of surprises and unexpected encounters; at first by boat to Marseille and then afterwards on foot with his beloved Jacqueline always on his side, heading towards Paris. Undoubtedly, this is a unique long-distance journey that won't go unnoticed.Written by
Very good, solidly constructed Algerian-French cultural experience
This here is not a complacent review out to be over-enthusiastic about the Algerian-French phenomenon, but rather one that looks at the genuine quality of this very refreshing, honest, solidly crafted and well inspired contemporary comedy.
The plot is simple, and it's the adventure in the various places it takes the lead 'Fatah', the journey including the different people, sensitivities and emotions he discovers, the Algeria vs France contradictions and intrinsic antagonisms, and ultimately, his epiphany while being away from home in discovering more about himself from a newer perspective.
The film overall is very well crafted, perfectly coherent and follows a very good rhythm. The jokes are good, the humor is lively and very culturally-charged and finally there are many little references/remarks/hints with implication and symbol that require a particular wit in understanding carefully laid throughout the playtime.
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