Watch The Blessed For Free
Algiers, a few years after the civil war. Amal and Samir have decided to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary in a restaurant. While on their way, their share their views on Algeria: Amal talks about lost illusions and Samir about the necessity to cope with them. At the same time, their son Fahim and his friends Feriel and Reda are wandering about in a hostile Algiers about to steal their youth.
|Crew :||Sofia Djama /|
|Cast :||Sami Bouajila Nadia Kaci Amine Lansari Lyna Khoudri Adam Bessa|
A haunting portrait of Algerians coping with the aftereffects of war.
Before Spring---I could watch this film, because the Biennale chose that a selection of films could be seen worldwide. I am relatively new to films from Arabic speaking countries. I enjoy especially those films that give insight into the life conditions in those countries. The action takes place in 2008 ("a few years after the civil war"). Samir and Amal were once politically active. Then they wanted to change the system. He is a gynecologist who makes illegal abortions. She is a teacher. They enjoy certain privileges because of their position. They are confronted with a new force, which they call religious bigotry. Their son Fahim is not so brilliant as they hope. They want him to study abroad, but he would rather hang out with his buddies and enjoy drugs and listen to music. This film is about a country in conversion. Small vignettes give at last a complete picture. One of the central questions is, if going away really is the best option for getting a better life.
Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
A brilliant film that helped define a genre
Nice effects though.