A film by Philippe Faucon
Cast: Soria Zeroual, Zita Hanrot, Kenza Noah Aïche
An Algerian cleaning lady in Lyon, modest and dutiful Fatima (Soria Zeroual) faces big headaches. Her eldest daughter, Nesrine (Zita Hanrot), struggles through the first year at medical school. Fatima’s rebellious younger daughter, Souad (Kenza Noel Aiche), skips class, talks back, and bares too much flesh for her mother’s peace of mind. Plus a bossy french woman bosses her around and set her up to see if she would steal.
This French film has won best film at the César ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. In the movie’s opening scene, a racist French proprietaire offers up any a stupid lie she can think of to get around renting to an Arab. The community in Lyon here’re quick to judge people. Fatima here is divorced and her daughter’s father is present in their life but gives them advices instead of his support. To top it all off the community around is talking about Fatima and the rumors starts flying. Fatima gains confidences as she is learning French and tries to resolve the everyday problems. The director is has built a slow-paced that is moving toward Fatima and her circles troubles letting the film make its point. The camera angle are simple here with natural lighting where the performances of the actors are flowing naturally through them. There is a sense of realism which gives the film more depth. Great ending here I call it the big relief ending.