Viva Laldjerie (2004)

Viva Laldjerie


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A women living in a city that is slowly being transformed by Muslim activists takes a small stand for the glories of decadence in this comedy drama. Mrs. Sandjak (Biyouna) is a flamboyant and headstrong woman living in Algiers who, in her younger days, earned a living as an exotic dancer known as "Papicha." As Muslim fundamentalists begin taking a greater measure of control over the city, the decidedly non-fundamentalist Papicha finds herself living in a run-down hotel with her daughter, Goucem … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nadir Moknèche
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
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as Goucem

as Papicha

as Chouchou

as Mr. Mouffok

as The Conspicuous

as Dr. Aniss Sassi

as Yacine Sassi

as Yacine's Friend

as Monsieur Fares

as Concierge's Son

as Yacine's Abuser

as Madame Sassi

as Nightclub Patron
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Critic Reviews for Viva Laldjerie

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

One of those absorbing movies that's completely in touch with the lives it portrays.

March 18, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Thin but engaging. If you like your travelogue with a bit of story tossed in, it could be just the ticket.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Denver Post
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AV Club
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The White City is subtly, memorably captured.

Full Review… | November 16, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Viva Laldjerie


An appealing movie that centralizes upon the life of an elderly widow living in an apartment with her daughter in Algiers. Years before, Mrs. Sandjak once was Papicha, a former dancer in a club who left the career behind then to raise her young daughter, Goucem. Years later, she lives with the memory of once having fame, and still harbors hope that one day she will be able to go back to it. As an adult, Goucem works in a photo shop and hopes that her married lover will divorce his wife to marry her. She bonds with the prostitute next door, Fifi (who holds no shame in the choices that she has made). Great cast- Lubna Azabel, Biyouna, Nadia Kaci, Lynda Harchaoui, and Akim Isker. Worthy!

Leo L

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