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Inch'Allah Sunday

2001 1h 37m Drama List
Reviews 71% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In Algeria, Zouina (Fejria Deliba) bids a tearful goodbye to her mother as she embarks on a voyage to France to be reunited with her husband. In a provincial town, she attempts to rear her three children under the withering glare of her mother-in-law, Aicha (Rabia Mokeddem), who insists on a strict Muslim upbringing. Zouina does her best to assimilate, but is stuck between her traditionalist relatives and her xenophobic neighbors. She lives for Sundays, when she has a few hours of freedom. Read More Read Less

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Lisa Nesselson Variety A topnotch central perf by the attractive and convincing Fejria Deliba combines with well-observed details that bring the tricky assimilation of a generation of immigrants to life. Jun 10, 2005 Full Review Marta Barber Miami Herald There's a warmth to Inch' Allah Dimanche that transcends its many character-development flaws. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 10, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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dave j Thursday, September 26, 2013 (2001) Inch'Allah Dimanche/ Thank God for Sunday! (In French and Arab with English subtitles) DRAMA Written and directed by Yamina Benguigui starring Zouina (Fejria Deliba) a wife with three children whose just moved to France to join her husband as well as her overbearing mother-in-law. Once there, she sees that her life is no different than when she left since she's always being kept inside the household. There are scenes that doesn't seem convincing such as throwing a hissy fit to the grouchy neighbors after they punctured a knife into their children's ball after landing onto their prized possession yard. She also start a rapport with friendlier neighbors but with uninteresting results that lead to nowhere. I also think the brief introduction about France accepting refugees family members is nothing but a backdrop to the predictable harsh environments enforced by the father of the household. The movie means well but on an unconvincing terms. 2 out of 4 stars Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A great movie that shows the difficulties a wife facing after moving from Algeria to France. The transformation of the woman into a strong female is inspiring. Fantastique!!! J'aime ce film! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member The script had us laughing one minute, fearing for the main character the next, and scratching our heads the next. Yet another movie tackles the fish-out-of-water, immigrant-culture clash genre, this time in 1974 France as families of Algerian workers are allowed to reunite with their husbands/sons in France. We see four different women who have different worries that consume their lives while French society is experiencing social change. It's a film to watch, to wonder about, and to enjoy more for its details, subtleties and charms than for its overall plot and message. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member A well made film that compels. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A poignant story of a woman who leaves her mother, and moves to France to be with her traditional husband and a mother in law in-terror! I thought the movie was slow, but I enjoy nice slow drama sometimes. But this movie seemed to really go nowhere...and I was very, very confused about why it ended the way it did. A decent film that left me wondering "what was the point of it all?". Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Alright film.....left me hanging though, and I didn't like that. I don't know how her husband, out of nowhere, changes. It made no sense. Bad ending, but the rest of the movie was ok... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In Algeria, Zouina (Fejria Deliba) bids a tearful goodbye to her mother as she embarks on a voyage to France to be reunited with her husband. In a provincial town, she attempts to rear her three children under the withering glare of her mother-in-law, Aicha (Rabia Mokeddem), who insists on a strict Muslim upbringing. Zouina does her best to assimilate, but is stuck between her traditionalist relatives and her xenophobic neighbors. She lives for Sundays, when she has a few hours of freedom.
Director
Yamina Benguigui
Producer
Philippe Dupuis-Mendel
Screenwriter
Yamina Benguigui
Production Co
Canal+, ARP Sélection, Canal+ Horizons
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Arabic
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 8, 2017
Runtime
1h 37m
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