Algiers/Beyrouth: pour mémoire

Laurence (Babe), a French-Lebanese journalist revisiting Beirut to research her late father's history, finds a once ruined city in the slow throes of revival. She also encounters an old colleague, Rachid (Corraface), a fugitive from the continuing violence in Algiers, troubled by drink and bad memories. The drama, however, remains in the past, or otherwise offscreen. Briefly sketched, the terror racking the director's home country looms like a shadow over the characters, and the film, yet remains essentially an abstraction. Despite its evocative b/w photography and warm performances, dramatically the film seems a non-starter.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Merzak Allouache
Screenwriter: Merzak Allouache
Cast: Fabienne Babe
Georges Corraface
Paul Matar
Hocine Choutri
Zeina Saab Demelero
Mona Tayeh
Shadi el Zein

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5 / 5

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