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Zano and his companion Naima travel across France and Spain down to Algeria, where they might ultimately come to know the land their parents once had to flee. Enamored with their freedom, they let the time slip by, intoxicated by the Andalusia's sensuality, before they finally decide to cross the Mediterranean, reconstructing in reverse the path of the exile and ending their travels with the promise of recapturing themselves.


Critic Reviews for Exils

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Audience Reviews for Exils

  • Sep 20, 2008
    Avoid one of the comments below,the film is original.If people still think Mamma Mias and Rents are the sole disposals of "entertainment",well they're wrong.Music comes from various backgrounds.Exils has a pair of most beloved protagonists and a dynamic beat.Of course it's a music movie,road trip fused with sounds and wonders.Identity and nostalgia.Common themes and yet Gatlif likes what he accomplishes.He should absolutely enchant us but with better scripts next time.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2008
    An interesting movie that centralizes around the journey of a couple, Zano and Naima, who are trying to travel from Paris to Algeria. Plagued by childhood memories, Zano fondly remembers his family through his love of music. Naima tries to understand what the old country has meant to her father. Great cast- Romain Duris, Lubna Azabal, Leila Makhlouf, and Habib Cheik. Worthy!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2007
    An unconventional - and therefore, seemingly realistic - "road movie" about finding one's roots, the Franco-Algerian experience is well documented by this film that is worth seeing for, at the very least, its depictions of Spain as the young couple makes its way "home". Edgy, and impossible to turn away from, and while the filmmaker makes some questionable directing choices, the good far, far outweighs the bad.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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