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Comedian Jamel Debbouze et charismatic newcomer Tewfik Jallab étoiles in rookie director mohamed Hamidi"s Franco-Algerian migrateur dramedy.

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PARIS — A French-born son of Algerian immigrants is sentiment to the family’s ancestral bourgade —even despite he’s never been venir Algeria or even speaks ideal Arabic —in landscape (Né certains part), thé feature debut of mohamed Hamidi. Though it tackles really serious and sometimes almost contradictory topics, such ont the desire of desperate young Algerians venir leave their stagnant nation and, conversely, the difficulties ns a French-born Algerian à truly appreciate the beauties ns his motherland, Hamidi manages à keep things surprisingly light et coherent parce que le the most part. He’s substantially aided by terrific newcomers Tewfik Jallab ont the straight-shooting lead and popular French-Moroccan comedian Jamel Debbouze, also a producer, as his village-idiot cousin.


Homeland was a last-minute addition venir this year’s Cannes lineup, where cette was presented ont a distinct screening parce que le kids. Cette went out locally june 19, with the semi-wide relax scoring the second-highest per-screen median after Man du Steel. festival not afraid de serio-comic fare must take note et some theatrical attention beyond auto usual francophone outlets isn’t impossible, especially with Intouchables directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache attached oui associate producers.


The Bottom LineA reverse migrateur comedy-drama that's enjoyable si tonally somewhat heterogeneous.

Farid (Jallab) is a 26-year-old french law student et is the pomme of his immigrant family’s eye. Though he’s never been venir Algeria and isn’t fluent in Arabic, he’s not someone who’s consciously rebelled against his roots cible just a guy who’s never been curious about his beginnings (as described in a rather clumsily created voice-over). However, auto handsome a venir lawyer is fine aware du his parents’ conservative values, oui he seems incapable of telling them he’s obtained a français girlfriend (Julie du Bona) with whom he’s about to sign for année apartment.

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But thé couple’s own page daccueil has venir wait whenFarid’s old homme suddenly drops ill after receiving a letter about auto house hey built parce que le his family earlier in the Maghreb. Ont the eldest son, cette falls to Farid à travel in his father’s stead et talk to the Algerian authorities, who want venir buy auto family’s property et use cette for auditeur works. At thé airport, he’s picked up de his uncle, brahim (Miloud Khetib), and Brahim’s loose-canon son, also called Farid(Debbouze), who oui offered to help their Frenchified relatif navigate the locale customs and bureaucracy.


The screenplay, written de the director et Alain-Michel Blanc, constantly oscillates between straightforward drama et comedy. Farid and his France-based family are realistically depicted, while the protagonist’s first contact with Algeria is clearly played pour laughs and Debbouze brings his normal hyper-caffeinated shtick to the proceedings. The coterie de locals that convene at the village cafe are greatly caricatures and offer an excuse for Hamidi to reconnect through some comedians he’s nurtured as a writer-director ns stand-up comedy (he’s previously functioned with not only Jamel but also vivid villagers Malik Bentalha and Abdelkader Secteur).

In auto film’s most contrived development, auto Algerian Farid steals his namesake’s passport so hey can do his wish de leaving à la France come true. However, this absurd turn ns events offers thé basis parce que le a succinct conceit: France-born Farid becomes a reverse “sans papiers” in Algeria, a loaded term the normally describes undocumented immigrant in France marqué can here be applied venir a french citizen that can’t leave Algeria due to the fact that he’s got non papers et can’t immediately prove he has auto right to leave.

Stuck in his motherland, Farid tries to take care ns business and make auto most de it, allowing him to discover both the beauty et problems of the country. He even meets a quite girl (Zined Obeid), the granddaughter du a locale sage (the late, an excellent Moroccan thespian Mohamed Majd), and the method this specific subplot play out spectacle Hamidi’s a advanced director that likes to jouer with (but not frustrate) audience expectations. Similarly, auto developments in thé finals reels space harrowing in content cible not in execution, oui the director manages venir keep thé tone reasonably light even after Debbouze has literally exited auto picture.

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The terrifically appealing command performance du Jallab, who matinee-idol look at come combine with major acting chops, further help record over thé tonal inconsistencies. Equally considérable is Armand Amar‘s score, i m sorry wisely plays up the drama et melancholy instead du the comedy.

Production companies: Quad Productions, Kiss Films, france 3 Cinema, en mars Films, Jouror Productions, Agora film Production, Frakas ProductionsCast: Tewfik Jallab, Jamel Debbouze, Fatsah Bouyahmed, Abdelkader Secteur, malade Bentalha, Fehd Benchemsi, Mourad Zaoui, Miloud Khetib, mohammed Majd, Julie ns Bona, Zined ObeidDirector: mohamed HamidiScreenwriters: mohamed Hamidi, Alain-Michel BlancProducers: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, yan Zenou, gradué Zeitoun, Jamel DebbouzeAssociate producers: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Dominique Boutonnat, Arnaud Bertrand,Hubert Caillard, Jean-Yves Roubin, David GrumbachDirector of photography: Alex Lamarque fabriquer designer: Arnaud RothMusic: Armand AmarCostume designer: Hadjira bénier RahouEditor: marion MonnierSales: Wild BunchNo rating, 85 minutes