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The Repentant
El taaib - Merzak Allouache
- Fiction

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Algérie/France - 2012 - 1 h 27 mn - Réalisation : Merzak Allouache - Production : Yacine Djadi, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin - Scénario : Merzak Allouache - Image : Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune - Montage : Sylvie Gadmer - Son : Ali Mahfiche, Xavier Thibault, Carole Vermer, Julien Perez - Interprétation : Nabil Asli, Adila Bendimerad, Khaled Benaissa -

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Diagonal Dimanche 28 octobre 2012, 18 h 00




Algeria, in the high plateaux. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law "of pardon and national harmony", he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a "repenti". But the law cannot erase his crimes and for Rachid it's the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.


 
 
Merzak Allouache

Born in Algiers in 1944. Graduated from IDHEC in 1967. He has made documentaries (L'Après octobre, 1988; Femmes en mouvement, 1989; Voices of Ramadam, 1991; Jours tranquilles en Kabylie, 1994) and Qabsa Chemma - La Boîte à chique, comedy programmes for ENTV Algeria (1989). He made his first fiction feature, Omar Gatlato, in 1976. This was followed by Les Aventures d'un héros (1977), L'Homme qui regardait les fenêtres (1983), Un amour à Paris (1986), Bab El-Oued City (1994) and Chouchou (2003). Most of his films have already been shown at the Montpellier festival (see the talk with Merzak Allouache in 'Actes du 7e Festival', 8-17 November 1985).

 
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