- 1h 18min
Black Christian boy and Arab Muslim girl fall in love, but her family is against this union.Black Christian boy and Arab Muslim girl fall in love, but her family is against this union.Black Christian boy and Arab Muslim girl fall in love, but her family is against this union.
Marked by idiosyncratic cinematography and shot (almost) entirely with hand-held cameras, with its frequent and sometimes nauseating cuts this movie might scare away many after the first few minutes. But it is precisely this deliberate insolence which gives it its charm, the impressionistic takes and inquiring close-ups adding an 'underground' feel. This is complemented by a kind of self-reflection: the abduction scenes parodically referencing the problems faced by independent filmmakers.
And then there is the theme, the racial conflicts between Christians, Muslims and Jews, the bounds of tradition put to the test by love. A theme adapted on screen so many times in contemporary francophone cinema we stopped counting. Yet here is a fresh approach, indicated by the original title of the movie. 'Rengaine' means 'an old chestnut', that is, a subject which has been discussed or repeated so many times that it is not interesting any more. This movie succeeds in being a hilariously funny comedy and a drama at the same time, by approaching its material with subtle and intelligent humor with a shade of parody; and, on the other hand, treating the underlying human conflicts seriously. The last scene is especially well crafted in this context, both suspenseful and deep.
I would recommend this movie to all in love with cinema, for it is a truly uplifting and enjoyable experience.
- Mar 8, 2013