Excellent portrait of young womanhood, laying out Lina's erratic (but slow-burning) self-definition as she attaches to and detaches from various Parisians. The immigration narrative underlines both her vulnerability and her strength, without veering into preachiness.
A strong debut performance by the lead actress, and a very believable portrayal of how hard it is to be young and trying to carve out a life (and a home) for yourself in a new place. The Paris that Danielle Arbid shows is clearly inspired by a personal familiarity and as such, some of the details are very poignant.
Politics: there’s no way of escaping it - especially if you’re an immigrant - even if you declare yourself as non-political and hang out with both royalists and leftists, like Lina does. She’s battling for the right to decide for herself what to do with her life, and it starts with the right to decide over your own body. But that’s politics as well - “Peur de Rien” is a good reminder of that.
What a wonderful movie. Especially with illegal immigration and refugees on everyone's mind nowadays, this movie humanizes the issue and reminds us that we're dealing with fellow human beings with their own individual stories--yet it's never preachy and accepts complexity. Acting was top notch too.
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.
Not really worth the effort. if the film doesn't have a huge amount to say I do not know why it has to be 2 hours long. I felt like it could have been edited more brutally and it would have been more affecting, also the final shot feels wrong and the lead performance is fine, but not particularly memorable - 2 out of 5
I'm a bit torn here. At its most basic a coming of age story with great performances across the board and a special nod to Issa who literally radiates. Unfortunately it begins repeat before bringing up questions of freedom and liberty and race and nationalism and people are just people aren't they (sometimes yes sometimes not). The end feels fake - a hollywood moment complete with freeze frame.
The story of a girl struggling to find her place in a new city that doesn't embrace her the way she had hoped, coming from a difficult family situation in Lebanon. She struggles to make friends, to make a living, and most direly, to maintain approval for residency permits. A highly relatable film carried by a tender performance from Manal Issa.