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Critic Reviews for Raja
An unsettling look at Third World politics in the guise of a love story.
Extremely well acted, though the direction by Jacques Doillon is on the leisurely side.
There's little to enjoy in this unsettling tale, but Doillan's unblinking depiction of manipulation and desperation stays with you long after the characters make the deals that seal their unjust fates.
Masterful tale of frustrated desire.
What distinguishes Raja from every other movie to contemplate the treacherous intersection of passion, avarice and power is its unsettling emotional honesty.
Audience Reviews for Raja
A Moroccan girl living in Marrakesh enters into a common agreement to clean the home of a Frenchman. She will be paid a year's wages for seven days of maid service that includes much more than fluffing the pillows. However, each is reluctant to consummate the arrangement just as sexual sparks begin to fly, because both sense a much deeper connection between them. As they begin to sort out their feelings, they seem unable to assure the other (and themselves) of doubts about the other's motives. Is he simply using her, or is she actually the one trying to take advantage of him? Just as one is assured, doubt rises in the other. She doubts him when he wants to marry her, but then is dismayed when she is betrothed to another. Amazing, constant tension weave through the film, as they maddeningly attempt to sort out their true motives and understand their love for one another. Psychological thriller, no romance here.
Well-acted.... the writing left much to be desired though. There were so many occasions where I was just banging my head against a wall wondering why these two main characters are so completely inept at communicating. I mean, why couldn't they pick up on the fact that almost everyone translating for them was full of shit? I think the language barrier could have been treated much differently by the director. The ending was not at all as I had expected, but I give it credit for going against the grain.
An interesting story plot. Good movie.
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