Daughter of Keltoum

Directed By: Mehdi Charef Starring: Cylia Malki

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A 19 year-old Swiss woman travels to her birthplace - an isolated, barren Berber settlement in the mountainous desert landscape of Algeria - to find her biological mother, who she has never met. The perilous journey immerses her in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal mores and strict religious codes of conduct.


Studio First Run Features
SKU 202472595
UPC 720229912167
UPC 14 00720229912167
Format DVD
Release Date 6/20/2006
Editors Note
Note This intriguing film, written and directed by the impressive Mehdi Charef, follows Rallia (Cylia Malki), a 19-year-old Swiss woman who goes looking for her biological mother in a remote Berber region of Algeria.
Mehdi Charef
Cylia Malki
Cast & Crew
Alain Levent - Cinematographer
Baya Belal - Actor
Bernardo Sandoval - Original Music By
Cylia Malki - Actor
Fabienne Servan Schreiber - Producer
Fatima Ben Saidane - Actor
Jean-Roger Milo - Actor
Kenout Peltier - Editor
Mehdi Charef - Director
Mehdi Charef - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 912167D
UPC 00720229912167
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Arabic, French
ReviewSource DVD Times
Review With the dialogue being so minimal it therefore becomes loaded with meaning and there's a similar situation with the various events; the significance of it all is just too apparent. Furthermore, the neatness doesn't allow the film to breathe quite as it should. Whereas The Circle [Directed by Jafar Panahi] documented the lives of its Iranian women through a La Ronde-style structure so as to emphasise the fact that this is always going on, Keltoum's Daughter never lets us see beyond the film itself. It remains an interesting work nonetheless, but this key difference prevents it from being quite as good as it could be.
Reviewer Anthony Nield
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Charef,Mehdi
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
City Pages, Minneapolis A dream-like fusion of what Paul Bowles described as the 'actual desert and the inner desert of the spirit'.

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