The Daughter of Keltoum (La Fille de Keltoum)

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Mehdi Charef directs this gritty drama about the difficulties of being a women in the strict patriarchal societies of Northern Africa. The film centers on Rallia, abandoned by her mother as a baby and raised by a foster family in Switzerland, who is returning to her birth village for the first time to look for her mother. There she learns from her grandfather that her mother, Keltoum, works in a hotel in the city, returning to the village on Fridays. Rallia soon sheds her western designer clothes for traditional garb and helps her mad-crazed aunt with her chores. When Friday roles around, her mother fails to show up. Rallia and her aunt venture to the city to find her. Along the way, Rallia witnesses some brutal local customs that she has a hard time reconciling with her Western upbringing. . This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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  • Mar 15, 2011
    At first I didn't know if I would like this film at all, but it really touched my heart...especially in the end. It took me on a journey, and I was swept in. A good & memorable film.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2010
    (2002 Directors: Manhdi Charef & Mehdi Charef) An adopted child on the quest for the true story surrounding her adoption\, travels to the desolete Algeria, the land of her birth. This French film is unrated, but might deserve an R rating. Cultural differences and violence toward women among the Magrebe are reasons I might perhaps give it an R rating. <br/> <br/>Definited a "worth see." The last two movies I watched were incredibly stirring. <br/> <br/>I have a personal penchant for cultural films, and primitive culture certainly applies to this movie. Smaller than a small town the mountains in which this small family reside are treacherous and water is a precious commodity. (more review to follow)<div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-daughter-of-keltoum-la-fille-de-keltoum-the-daughter-of-keltoum-la-fille-de-keltoum-7206121"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/72/06/12/7206121_gal.jpg" border="0" /></a><div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>
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