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Raja (2004)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Raja (Najat Benssallem) is a 19-year-old Moroccan girl. An orphan, she's led a difficult life, but has gotten off the streets and lives with her cousin Nadira (Ilham Abdelwahad) and her family. Raja and Nadira are happy to get low-paying jobs working in the garden of a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman, Fred (Pascal Greggory). Fred is immediately attracted to the new girl and the other girls tease Raja about his interest, encouraging her to go after his money. Fred discusses his growing infatuation


Art House & International, Drama

Jacques Doillon

Jan 1, 2005

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An unsettling look at Third World politics in the guise of a love story.

April 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Extremely well acted, though the direction by Jacques Doillon is on the leisurely side.

March 26, 2004
New York Post
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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.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Masterful tale of frustrated desire.

November 19, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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refreshing with its brutal and emotionally raw honesty

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

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

March 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

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

March 25, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

March 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

October 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

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.

October 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Raja

An interesting story plot. Good movie.
June 25, 2008
Leo L

Super Reviewer

It's not that this isn't a quality film it's just really slimey watching the older, more powerful, and uglier man trying to take advantage of that girl.
September 11, 2006
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