Set in 1990s Paris, the new film from French-Lebanese director Danielle Arbid is a coming-of-age story about a young woman from Beirut whose relationships and encounters reveal different facets of her new country.
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I really enjoyed this film,from director Danielle Arbid, that shows life in France though the eyes of a struggling Lebanese student (a fantastic central performance from Manal Issa,in her first feature role).
Despite one or two mistakes along the way,the main character does her best to be honest and deserving of the opportunity that she struggles to hold on to while being buffeted around by a turbulent personal life.
I believed it, the people, emotions, loneliness, love, everything is showed so natural and aesthetically, too. For the first time I "experienced" the immigrant's life and immersed a bit into daily Parisian life, it has all the controversies of real life and confusions. The pureness of the main character is beautiful. The movie is educational and inspiring. Great pleasure
This was a lovely surprise, not having heard of it or able to find many reviews of it. Manal Issa great as the slightly lost Lina, encircled by a large ensemble of deftly sketched believable characters, especially predatory and not so predatory men. Unfolds gently in the manner of much French film drama and concludes a bit unsatisfactorily buy held my interest.
Danielle Arbid directs this fine film looking at the migration experience to France through the eyes of a young Lebanese girl. Based in part on the director's own experiences the film feels genuine and gives great commentary not just on the immediate subject manner but on many topics of life in modern day France. Manal Issa impresses here in the lead.
It takes a few tries to finally get it right. You'll meet and deal with a lot of garbage and worthless people; you'll let them closer than you should. The bad thing is you only understand it at the end. The good is that you'll always come out on top.
Daniel Arbid exoticizes the image of the young Lebanese immigrant, suggesting that only sex appeal will allow women to survive in France. After an attempted sexual harassment by her uncle, the girl learns that her fate depends on men's libidos: she opportunistically sleeps with whomever can provide some kind of stability, from a rich dealer to a bohemian pusher, culminating with the son of a powerful attorney.
Un retrato de una mujer, o de muchas. De sencillez hermosa, la trama nos ingresa en una narrativa construida sin mayores recursos, algo que corre por su propia fuerza, sin necesidad de ni artificio ni de nudos gratuitos. La actuación de Manal Issa es sorprendente.