Samia (2001)





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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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Full Review… | June 4, 2008
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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A bracing lesson in the limits of cultural assimilation and mutual comprehension.

December 21, 2001
Boston Globe
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There was nothing fresh or particularly interesting in this human interest drama, but at least it was sincere and moving and unpretentious.

Full Review… | November 14, 2003
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Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Film Blather

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2003

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