Notes : Le Film Africain 17 (octobre 1994), p.8. INS 22, p.20 / INS 23 p.17
Distinctions : GENEVE – Black Movie 95
FESPACO – Février 95
PARIS – Festival Rencontres des Premiers Films – Janv 1995
AMIENS – 14ième Festival International du Film – Nov 1994
Algiers at the end of the 1980’s. He is an architect, she is a teacher. The couple is united, they take care of their children, two teenage girls and an older son. It’s the life of modern managers, uneventful. They are a bit worried about their son because he keeps going to the mosque. His religious proselytism doesn’t affect the family until his father, suffering from mental disorder, is convinced, or rather his son easily convinces him that his wife is possessed by a demon. What was only a feeling of claustrophobia turns into a persecution syndrome. His son takes him to an imam. It’s apparently common in couples in which the woman has a job. She has to stay home to take care of the children and it will all be better very soon. Fundamentalists get involved and send an exorcist and his two assistants. These three “saints” look and act like hit men. They lock themselves in the “possessed” wife’s bedroom and beat her to knock the demons and other evil spirits out of her until she becomes unconscious. Her husband, alone, keeps fighting his hallucinations. She is hospitalized and will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Directed by Hafsa Zinai Koudil Screenplay: Hafsa Zinai Koudil Cast (in alphabetical order) Doudja Achaichi (or Doudja Achachi) Said Amrane Ahmed Benaissa Fatiha Berber Djamila Haddadi Mustapha Kesdarli Original Music by Safy Boutella Cinematography by A. Messaad