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Samia (Lynda Benahouda), an Algerian teenager, has immigrated with her large family to the Southern French town of Marseilles, where she must cope on a daily basis with both racism and her family's own restrictions on her personal freedom. She gets a particularly hard time from her older brother ,Yacine (Mohamed Chaouch), who has decided to make himself the unwelcome -- and violent -- protector of Samia's moral and physical virtue. Yacine grows even more unreasonable after Samia's father is hospitalized and it becomes apparent that Samia's sister Amel (Madia El Koutei) is in a relationship with a French boy. Under so much pressure from her family, Samia becomes increasingly rebellious. She refuses to be passively servile -- hanging out with a freewheeling girlfriend, flirting with a boy who wants to date her -- and when her suspicious family forces her to go to a gynecologist to establish her virginity, Samia takes action, rebelling in such a way that nothing will ever be the same again. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi


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  • A bracing lesson in the limits of cultural assimilation and mutual comprehension.

    Dec 21, 2001 | Rating: 3/4
  • There was nothing fresh or particularly interesting in this human interest drama, but at least it was sincere and moving and unpretentious.

    Nov 14, 2003 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • The girls are actual teenagers, one of whom is about to have her first baby. The men are real immigrant laborers, and the weary-looking mom is in fact a mother of eight. Their natural, anguished and passionate performances are astounding.

    Mar 11, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Though not very original, this unpretentious, well-intentioned drama from Phillippe Faucon deals with its potentially difficult subject seriously, honestly and even handedly.

    Nov 7, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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