The Daughter of Keltoum (La Fille de Keltoum) (2002)





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Mehdi Charef directs this gritty drama about the difficulties of being a women in the strict patriarchal societies of Northern Africa. The film centers on Rallia, abandoned by her mother as a baby and raised by a foster family in Switzerland, who is returning to her birth village for the first time to look for her mother. There she learns from her grandfather that her mother, Keltoum, works in a hotel in the city, returning to the village on Fridays. Rallia soon sheds her western designer clothes for traditional garb and helps her mad-crazed aunt with her chores. When Friday roles around, her mother fails to show up. Rallia and her aunt venture to the city to find her. Along the way, Rallia witnesses some brutal local customs that she has a hard time reconciling with her Western upbringing. . This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Cylia Malki
as Rallia
Baya Belal
as Aunt Nedjma
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Critic Reviews for The Daughter of Keltoum (La Fille de Keltoum)

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Bleak but beautiful road movie about two Berber women in Algeria.

Full Review… | June 12, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Daughter of Keltoum (La Fille de Keltoum)

At first I didn't know if I would like this film at all, but it really touched my heart...especially in the end. It took me on a journey, and I was swept in. A good & memorable film.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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A riveting, raw movie. It actually stirred me enough to leave me a bit teary-eyed, which is extremely rare for me. I may be naive, but I didn't expect the ending at all. Loved this.

Mariana Arevalo
Mariana Arevalo

This is an absolutely remarkable film you'll never forget. It starts fairly slowly and low-key, but before you know it, you're hooked. There's a true sense of the harsh daily realities being portrayed both in the mountains of Algeria and along the road to El Kantara. The main character, a girl from Switzerland searching for her Berber mother, is distant, aloof and downright shitty at times, while her somewhat crazy, unshakable aunt with whom she travels exhibits a sense of caring, compassion, fear and curiosity that was amazing to behold. I'm not sure who exactly the actress was, but she did an incredible job. While this could have turned into a typical road movie about a search for a lost connection, the director carefully crafted a story where I never knew what to expect next, but I always enjoyed the ride and felt I was with the main characters, not merely observing them. The finale is a true stunner, leaving the viewer feeling as if the wind had been knocked out of him, and the beautiful music that accompanied the opening sequence becomes even more poignant as the film ends and the credits roll. Don't miss this little gem![i] 9.5 [/i]

Alex Clayton
Alex Clayton

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