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LONG Métrage | 2001
Fille de Keltoum (La)
Mehdi Charef
Titre anglais : Daughter of Keltoum
Date de sortie en France : 10/04/2002
Pays concerné : Algérie
Réalisateur(s) : Mehdi Charef
Avec : Jean-Roger Milo, Déborah Lamy, Baya Belal, Cylia Malki, Fatma Ben Saïdane, Fabienne Servan Schreiber
Durée : 106
Genre : drame
Type : fiction


Rallia, une jeune fille de dix-neuf ans, a été adoptée par un couple de Suisses. Elle décide de se rendre dans les montagnes algériennes pour retrouver sa véritable mère dont elle ne connaît que le prénom : Keltoum. Dans une maison au mileu de nulle part, Rallia fait la connaissance de son grand-père et de sa tante Nedjma. Ils lui apprennent que sa mère travaille à El Kantara et qu’elle vient par le car tous les vendredi.

Réal : Mehdi Charef

Cylia Malki, Baya Belal, Jean-Roger Milo, Fatma Ben Saidene, Deborah Lamy

Production déléguée : Cinétévé
Coproduction : StudioCanal, Arte France Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+ Horizons
Distribution France : Gemaci
Exportation/Ventes internationales : Wild Bunch


> Rendez-vous avec le cinéma français à Paris – 2005 :
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> Boston French Film Festival – 2003 :
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> Cannes – Marché du film – Cannes Market – 2002 :
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> Edimbourg – Festival du Film Français de Grande-Bretagne – 2002 :
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> Festival international du film de Karlovy Vary – 2002 :
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> Rendez-vous avec le cinéma français à Paris – 2002 :
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> Festival International du Film de Toronto – 2001 :
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Source : Unifrance


監督 : Mehdi Charef
俳優 : Cylia Malki, Baya Belal, Jean-Roger Milo, Fatma Ben Saidene, Deborah Lamy
長編映画, フィクション, ドラマ
言語 :
製作国 : 大部分フランス (ベルギー)
フランス公開 : 02/04/10
上映時間 : 1h 46mn
経過状況 : 公開済み
製作代表 : Cinétévé
共同製作 : StudioCanal, Arte France Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+ Horizons
フランス国内配給 : Gemaci
輸出/国際配給/国際販売部門 : Wild Bunch



Rallia, una joven de 19 años, vuelve en busca de respuestas a su tierra natal tras una larga estancia en el extranjero.
Rallia avanza con soltura hasta llegar a una planicie dominada por un sol abrumador donde encuentra a su enjuto y encorvado abuelo. Junto a la ruinosa casa de piedra y paja la joven le interroga sobre el paradero de su madre. Este, seco y esquivo, no habla mucho, tan solo que trabaja en la gran ciudad durante la semana. No volverá hasta el viernes.
Rallia espera mientras convive con su abuelo y su otra hija, Nedja, cuarentona, pequeña, perturbada y coja. Pesa a las diferencias existentes, la niña de ciudad decide ayudar a su tía a proporcionar agua y auxilio a los desfavorecidos ancianos que viven en sus precarias chozas diseminadas en la meseta.
Rallia observa interesada el mundo del desierto, cargará con pesados odres sobre sus delicados hombros, vivirá como la harapienta Nedja convirtiéndose en hija del desierto.
Pero que pasará si su madre no llegase el viernes como ella esperaba.¿ Y si el abuelo le hubiera mentido? ¿ Si Keltoum hubiera decidido huir de la miseria de la montaña abandonando a su padre y hermana como abandonó a su hija Rallia?

Director : Mehdi Charef
Actores : Cylia Malki, Baya Belal, Jean-Roger Milo, Fatma Ben Saidene, Deborah Lamy
Largometraje, Ficción, Drama
Idioma de rodaje :
Nacionalidad : Mayoritariamente francesa (Bélgica)
Estreno en Francia : 10/04/02
Duración : 1h 46mn
Situación actual : Estrenada
Producción delegada : Cinétévé
Coproducción : StudioCanal, Arte France Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+ Horizons
Distribución en Francia : Gemaci
Exportación/Ventas internacionales : Wild Bunch


Rallia (Cylia Malki), a 19-year-old westernized woman, is on a bus in the mountainous desert region of Algeria in northwest Africa, surveying where homes blend in with the landscape. She is clearly a stranger and notes unfamiliar situations, like the stopping of the bus so the men can pray.

Rallia is returning to her birthplace, hoping to find her mother, Keltoum. She slowly finds her way to a house to which the bus driver had directed her. She meets a weathered old man who she learns is her grandfather (Brahim Ben Salah). He warmly welcomes her and tells her that her mother works far away in a luxury resort in El Kantara, but each Friday Keltoum returns home. Rallia also meets her aunt, Nedjma (Baya Belal), a woman who is disturbed and appears deranged, with stuttering speech and jerky movements. Waiting for her mother to return, Rallia tries to participate in the family’s daily life, and encounters the hardships of the desert. The trek for well water is relentless and often overwhelming especially with the threat of a drought always looming.

After waiting for a couple of weeks for Keltoum to return home, Rallia sets off with her aunt to El Kantara to find her. During their journey they meet an assortment of men and women who reveal everyday realities of Algeria. Their first encounter is with a woman (Fatima Ben Saudane) who has just been rejected by her husband and is being sent away. Rallia and Nedjma invite her to travel with them. That night, when revolutionaries burst into their hostel, the woman recognizes them as her son’s friends and speaks to them. Tragically the men kill her to keep her from telling anyone that she saw them. Rallia and Nedjma, in shock and anger, continue on their journey.

They hitch a ride with a truck driver who is soon ambushed by people wanting to steal his cargo grain – so they can have food. Nedjma and Rallia end up helping the thieves whom Nedjma knows as neighbors. They next take a local bus. At one of the stops, a man gets on the bus, similar to Nedjma in his speech and behavior. He becomes smitten with her, and they communicate in their own way.

Because of a country curfew, the continuing bus passengers must spend the night in a small town. Nedjma’s new friend lives in the town and brings his mother to meet Nedjma, in the hope that he can marry her. There, Rallia meets another westernized Algerian woman, one who is searching for her father. The next day, as the passengers go to board the bus, the woman is accosted by a man, who violently chastises her for not covering her head. She is hit and battered, but Nedjma does not allow Rallia to intervene. Along with everything else, this incident overwhelms Rallia, and she spews out her hostility toward Algerian culture. She tells her aunt that she despises her, and does not want her to continue on the journey to find her mother.

Nedjma is insistent on accompanying her. Rallia has repeatedly said that when she meets her mother, she will first ask her why she gave her up for adoption – and then will kill her. Nedjma wants to protect Keltoum. Despite Rallia’s attempts to ditch Nedjma, Nedjma wins – seemingly by sorcery – and joins Rallia once again. On the road once more, the two women encounter the truck driver who had been robbed. Angry because the two women assisted the thieves, his form of revenge is to attempt to rape Rallia. Rallia is able to escape and he goes after Nedjma. Rallia runs to his truck and commandeers it – shocking the driver long enough for Nedjma to escape and join Rallia.

Rallia and Nedjma arrive at the luxury hotel where Keltoum works. They wait in a supply room where Nedjma looks through a fashion magazine and realizes Rallia is a well-known international model. When Rallia finally meets Keltoum (Deborah Lamy), she asks how she could have given her up for adoption. Keltoum indifferently tells Rallia that she was not abandoned, but sold for water when there was no hope for the family to survive. When Rallia questions how this could have been done, Keltoum reveals even more to the story. Keltoum was not able to have any more babies so she took Nedjma, her younger sister, and gave her to soldiers for a night. When Nedjma’s baby, Rallia, was born, they took her and sold her. The family used that money to buy a mule to carry water from a distant well. Rallia runs after Nedjma, who had run away fearing Rallia would kill her. On the beach of the resort, Rallia and Nedjma are at last mother and daughter.

Mehdi Charef, Algeria, 2001; 106m.

About the Director
Mehdi Charef was born in 1952 in Maghnia, Algeria, where he lived until his family left in the early 1960s to live in France, where he was trained as a mechanic and worked in a factory. In 1983, his first novel Le Thé au Harem d’Archimède (« Tea in the Harem ») was published. The book was soon optioned by filmmaker Constantin Costa-Gavras and made into a film, winning a Cesar, the Jean Vigo and SOS Racisme prizes, the Silver Hugo in Chicago, and the Special Jury Prize at the Madrid International Film Festival. Charef’s films, La Maison d’Alexina (1999) and Pigeon vole (1996), were adapted from his novels of the same name. Medhi Charef currently lives in France and continues his work as a novelist and filmmaker.

Principal Cast

Rallia__ Cylia Malki
Nedjma__ Baya Bellal
Keltoum__ Deborah Lamy
The Grandfather__ Brahim Ben Salah
Repudiated Woman__ Fatma Ben Saidene
Djibril__ Jean-Roger Milo
Chauffeur Bus 1__ Souad Mostefa Zerguine
Routier__ Habib Zrafi
Chauffeur Bus 2__ Lofti Yahya

Writer / Director: Mehdi Charef
Production Company: A Cineteve / To Do Today prod.
Producers: Fabienne Servan Schreiber, Jean-Pierre Feyer, Alain Levent
Executive Director: Jean-Pierre Feyer
Cinematographer: Ricardo Castro
Production Designer: Henri Morelle
Music: Annabelle Collard

Source : Unifrance