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Heaven Will Wait (2016)

Le ciel attendra (original title)
At 17, Sonia almost left her family to go jihad. She was convinced that this was the only way for her and her family to go to heaven. She finally came back to reason. Unlike Mélanie, 16 ... See full summary »


Emilie Frèche (screenplay), Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (screenplay)
7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noémie Merlant ... Sonia Bouzaria
Naomi Amarger ... Mélanie Thenot
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Catherine Bouzaria
Clotilde Courau ... Sylvie
Zinedine Soualem ... Samir Bouzaria
Yvan Attal ... Yvan, le père de Mélanie
Ariane Ascaride ... La juge
Bruno Garcia Bruno Garcia ... Homme groupe parents
Marine Béliard Marine Béliard ... Femme groupe parents
Samia Sassi ... Femme groupe parents
Manu Rui Silva Manu Rui Silva ... Homme groupe parents
Karine Dogliani Karine Dogliani ... Femme groupe parents
Valérie de Monza Valérie de Monza ... Femme groupe parents
Bouzid Ghezali Bouzid Ghezali ... Femme groupe parents
Dounia Bouzar Dounia Bouzar ... Dounia Bouzar, dans son propre rôle


At 17, Sonia almost left her family to go jihad. She was convinced that this was the only way for her and her family to go to heaven. She finally came back to reason. Unlike Mélanie, 16 years old, raised by her mother, she was a teenager with no history, who shared her life between school, her friends and her cello lessons. But on the Internet, she began to argue with a "prince" who managed to wash her brain. Filled with guilt for not having seen anything, the parents watch helplessly with the metamorphosis of their child. Written by lament

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French | Arabic

Release Date:

5 October 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo esperará See more »

Filming Locations:

Créteil, Val-de-Marne, France See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Great subject, mediocre movie - any slower and the reel would've gone backwards
3 October 2016 | by scuzzillaSee all my reviews

Living in Paris and having lived through the recent terror events, either because of people I knew were there or I was there myself, I was really interested in seeing this movie.

We saw it at a preview in La Defense last night and whilst the subject is indeed great the movie in itself is super slow. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting an action movie of sorts but this is just too slow. The movie won't catch the attention of young people and that's kinda what it should do as well, simply so that it can prevent harm in addition to being entertainment.

The director answered some questions before the movie started and she said that her original cut was another hour longer than the one that made it to the movies. I'm sorry but that's simply insane, even the ~2 hour cut we saw is super long and any longer would've caused the audience to fall asleep.

It's a little confusing right around the start since both girls live around the same place but have no obvious connection to each other, yet that's not entirely clear. It's great to see how one goes in and the other one comes out, so to speak.

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