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Bab El-Oued City (1995)

Bab El-Oued City





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The potential dangers inherent in the continued increase of Islamic fundamentalism in Algeria is clearly portrayed in this European political drama. The film is set in early 1993 and takes place in a decaying neighborhood, Bab El-Oued. The central character in this scary drama is Boualem, a young baker. Throughout his neighborhood the fundamentalists, locally led by the fanatical Said, have placed loud-speakers upon the rooftops to broadcast their hateful propaganda. Unable to stand the noise any longer, Boualem destroys a speaker and tosses it into the sea. Said promptly seeks to mow him down for his impudence. Said's sister, a liberal who resents having to wear a veil and behave in traditional ways, has been seeing Boualem. He loses his job after Said pushes his boss, who actually despises Said, but fears retaliation, to fire him. Surrounding the main plot are many sub stories, each of which sharply illustrates the dangers of fundamentalism. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Jan 2, 2007


Nadia Kaci
as Yamina
Hassan Abdou
as Boualem
Nadia Samir
as Ouardya
Michel Such
as Paulo Gosen
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Merzak Allouache's feature contains one of the clearest and most persuasive depictions of the recent rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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An exciting, a disturbing and a lucid depiction of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in modern times.

Full Review… | August 22, 2010
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