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Rachida Reviews

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Super Reviewer
April 16, 2010
A very dark look at the culture of Algeria during a time of great upheaval and seemingly random violence that this viewer found hard to understand. Rachida, played by the hauntingly beautiful Ibtissem Djouadi, is traumatized by an attack in her hometown of Algiers and flees to a small country village for refuge, with her mother. But even there, the threat of violence plagues her every move. An excellent look at the reality of life in a virtual war zone, but one in which one's enemies are not clearly delineated. There is something illogical to western minds about a culture that views kidnapping and rape as the fault of the victim, that this viewer found infuriating. But the Algerian scenery was austerely beautiful, the tension was steadily maintained, and the script, while confusing at times, moved the story inexorably forward. Courage is the ability to go on when faced with terrifying circumstances and, in that, Rachida shows remarkable courage. Ultimately, the film became a testament to hope in the face of terror.
September 14, 2009
Ein Schauplatz alleine macht noch keine Geschichte. Selbst wenn dieser Schauplatz das buergerkriegsgebeutelte Algerien der 1990er Jahre ist. Was diesen Spielfilm fuer mich dennoch sehenswert macht sind, sein gleichsam ueberraschendes wie beruehrendes Ende, seine exzellente Hauptdarstellerin und die gezeigte Frauensolidaritaet.
½ June 28, 2009
Again this is another movie based in Algeria on similar BS, random killings, rape and abductions by terrorists and the cruelty unleashed on women there. Rachida is a schoolteacher who is simply fed up with all the atrocities committed on her and the other civillian people, stands up and continues to live and defy the perpetrators. Touching film.
December 8, 2008
This was an incredibly disturbing, but very moving film. The acting was decent all around, great writing and social commentary:)
January 4, 2008
Moving. Amazing direction, adorable script (let's ONLY talk in sayings, k?)
However, I was not thrilled by the lead's performance.
December 9, 2007
Film algerien,
profondement touchant,
qui vous bouscule dans une realite voilee, que l'on devrait plus souvent affrontee.
November 29, 2007
movie about the rights to be who you want
½ October 21, 2007
I didn't understand the real themes of the movie the first time. The second time around, I was really moved by it.
½ June 24, 2007
Shows us ignorant westernerss another side of Islamic life: the majority just want to live in peace. Rachida is a young, pretty schoolteacher targeted by terrorists in her native Algeria. Her crime? Being too western.
June 18, 2006
lovely. very well done. the subject is maybe a little controversial, but the movie is great, done with a lot of respect
June 11, 2006
Awesome. It's really cool to see that subject from another point of view.
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