Raja

Raja

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  • Raja
    2 minutes 42 seconds
    Added: Dec 15, 2008

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Raja Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Extremely well acted, though the direction by Jacques Doillon is on the leisurely side.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2004
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Icky doings, with a miserably racist depiction of North Africans.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 22, 2004
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff

This story of a dissolute Frenchman who uses his money to exploit desperately poor Moroccan girls is upsetting because it pretends to be about love.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2003
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There's little to enjoy in this unsettling tale, but Doillan's unblinking depiction of manipulation and desperation stays with you long after the characters make the deals that seal their unjust fates.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Masterful tale of frustrated desire.

November 19, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Raja is an engaging cross-cultural drama set in Morocco about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's yearning for a nineteen-year-old local girl who works in his garden.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

October 17, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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What distinguishes Raja from every other movie to contemplate the treacherous intersection of passion, avarice and power is its unsettling emotional honesty.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 16, 2003
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

refreshing with its brutal and emotionally raw honesty

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

February 25, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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An unsettling look at Third World politics in the guise of a love story.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 1, 2004
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ambiguous and elusive, this film's soft-focus may strike a chord with those who do not look for clear spoon-fed answers.

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March 25, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Once you remove all the economic and cultural baggage that frustrates the couple's attempts to hook-up, Raja is really just about the thrill of the chase.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2003
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Subtle filmmaking and true-as-life acting make this an acute psychological drama with an engrossing sociological subtext.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

March 25, 2004
David Stratton
Variety
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May 20, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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September 23, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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March 24, 2004
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