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Director: Mehdi Charef     Starring: Cylia Malki
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202472595
UPC: 720229912167
UPC 14: 00720229912167
Category Keywords: Desert
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A film by Mehdi Charef.
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.

"A dream-like fusion of what Paul Bowles described as the 'actual desert and the inner desert of the spirit'.  City Pages, Minneapolis

Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/20/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 912167D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229912167
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Arabic, French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Baya Belal
Video Cast Info Cylia Malki
Video Cast Info Fatima Ben Saidane
Video Cast Info Jean-Roger Milo
Video Cast Info Alain Levent - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Bernardo Sandoval - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Fabienne Servan Schreiber - Producer
Video Cast Info Kenout Peltier - Editor
Video Cast Info Mehdi Charef - Director
Video Cast Info Mehdi Charef - Writer

Professional Reviews

DVD Times 8 of 10
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. - Anthony Nield

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Charef,Mehdi
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
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