Raja (2004)

Directed and written by Jacques Doillon, Raja centers around a bored, middle-aged Frenchman, Fred (Pascal Greggory), and his decision to employ a small group of women to care for his garden. Before long, Fred becomes enamored with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

An unsettling look at Third World politics in the guise of a love story.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Masterful tale of frustrated desire.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Subtle filmmaking and true-as-life acting make this an acute psychological drama with an engrossing sociological subtext.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Extremely well acted, though the direction by Jacques Doillon is on the leisurely side.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

What distinguishes Raja from every other movie to contemplate the treacherous intersection of passion, avarice and power is its unsettling emotional honesty.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ambiguous and elusive, this film's soft-focus may strike a chord with those who do not look for clear spoon-fed answers.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There's little to enjoy in this unsettling tale, but Doillan's unblinking depiction of manipulation and desperation stays with you long after the characters make the deals that seal their unjust fates.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

refreshing with its brutal and emotionally raw honesty

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Icky doings, with a miserably racist depiction of North Africans.

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Leo L
An interesting story plot. Good movie.
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It's not that this isn't a quality film it's just really slimey watching the older, more powerful, and uglier man trying to take advantage of… More

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