The Repentant

The Repentant  {Le Repenti}
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The Repentant
Le Repenti
Algeria, 2012, 87 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: African Interest, Middle East, Political
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

Awards: Best Actress, Rome Film Festival

In the mountains of Algeria, Islamist groups continue to spread terror. Rashid, a young Jihadist, takes advantage of a national amnesty to leave the mountains and rejoin civil society. In keeping with the 1999 law “of pardon and national harmony,” he must surrender to the police and give up his weapon. Those who do so are known as “repentants”. But the law can’t erase the past, and when Rashid crosses paths with a middle-class couple whose lives were destroyed five years earlier, more violence, secrets and manipulation seem inevitable.

“A beautifully made, deeply emotional drama that catches audiences up in its troubled protagonists’ lives, all the way to a staggering finale. Though cinema is awash in Islamic fundamentalist themes, Allouache goes beyond mere issues with his intimate approach and narrowed focus. As The Repentant demonstrates, the past is very much alive, and a refusal to confront it head-on allows fear, corruption, and fanaticism to thrive.” Jay Weissberg, Variety

DIRECTOR: Merzak Allouache
Producer: Yacine Djadi, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
Editor: Sylvie Gadmer
Screenwriter: Merzak Allouache
Cinematographer: Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune
Principal Cast: Adila Bendimerad, Khaled Benaissa, Nabil Asil
Filmography: Burn (2009), L'autre monde (2001), Salut cousin! (1996), Bab El-Oued City (1994), Un amour à Paris (1987), Mughamarat batal (1979), Omar Gatiato (1977)
Print Source: Doc & Film -

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