Raja (2004)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Doillon
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On DVD: Jan 1, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Raja

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | April 1, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | May 20, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Raja


An interesting story plot. Good movie.

Leo L

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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.

FanGirl Browncoat

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