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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… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bracing lesson in the limits of cultural assimilation and mutual comprehension."
‑ Leighton Walter Kille, Boston Globe
"Though not very original, this unpretentious, well-intentioned drama from Phillippe Faucon deals with its potentially difficult subject seriously, honestly and even handedly."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"There was nothing fresh or particularly interesting in this human interest drama, but at least it was sincere and moving and unpretentious."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
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