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Le grand voyage (2005)

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Out of filial duty and a sense of adventure, Reda, a young French man, agrees to accompany his elderly Moroccan father on the hajj -- the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is an obligatory trip for every good Muslim who can afford it. The only catch: the journey from France to Saudi Arabia will be by car. Initially, Reda doesn't understand why his father doesn't simply take a plane and be done with it. His father responds that the pilgrimage should be as arduous a journey as possible to show the believer's faith. And, so it proves to be. Along the way the father and son will cross national borders, seas, even continents, but no distance is greater than the one they cross to come to terms with each other.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Studio:
Pyramide Distribution

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Cast

Mohamed Majd
as Le père
Jacky Nercessian
as Mustapha
Ghina Ognianova
as La Vieille femme
Atik Mohamed
as Le Pélerin Ahmad
François Baroni
as Le Douanier Italien
Krassi Kpacu
as Le Douanier Serbe
Kirill Kavadarkov
as Le Barman Yougoslave
Blajo Wymenski
as L'homme Du Change
Diyan Machev
as L'homme bavard
Erol Atac
as Douanier Turc 1
Sadik Deveci
as Douanier Turc 2
Nihat Nikerel
as Chef Policier Turc
Kadir Kaparoglu
as Policier Turc
Name Ugantas
as La Femme de Mustapha
Leïla Fadili
as Danseuse Cabaret
Raouia
as La Mendiante
Ahmed Lambarki
as Le Religieux de la Morgue
Lahsen Albaz
as Le Pélerin Mounir
Roxane Mesquida
as Lisa (Photo et Voix Seulement)
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Critic Reviews for Le grand voyage

All Critics (6)

a story told on both the largest and smallest scales. It's fascinating both ways.

Full Review… | July 16, 2006
Filmcritic.com

Dares to confront spiritual hot topics like the collision between Islam and the West ... in a refreshingly balanced, understanding way.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

the film's final scenes in Mecca are truly awe-inspiring

Full Review… | June 29, 2005
Old School Reviews

Explores the experiences of a devout Muslim and his secular adolescent son as they drive through seven countries on the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Full Review… | March 23, 2005
Spirituality and Practice

Old man good, young man bad -- I get it already!

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Le grand voyage

½

What an interesting movie! Muslim father needs non-muslim son to drive him from their home in France to Mecca. You can slice the tension with a knife, and naturally identify with the son. Wish I had seen this on the big screen. It's beautifully done, and frustratingly satisfying.

Tim MacCallum
Tim MacCallum

I was expecting the father and son to grow together over the course of their journey. I believe that was the intent of the film maker. I kept waiting, but very little true understanding developed between them. They didnt seem to move much further in their relationship than when the movie began. Not a bad movie, but definitely not very exciting...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Although quite interesting, this was a long movie. Father and son embark on a 3,000 mile journey by car to Mecca. Father and son have very little in common and I felt as though I was in the car with them feeling each of the 3,000 miles right a long with them.... It had the potential to be an excellent movie but I found their emotions to be rather blase' (Is that a French word?)... Perhaps some of the finer points were lost in translation as I thought the subtitles to be extremely simplistic. I will have to say the French actor Nicolas Cazale is a beautiful looking young man.

Angela Kitchen
Angela Kitchen

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