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also known as La fille de Keltoum

Daughter of Keltoum2001

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A young woman, Rallia, raised in Switzerland, travels to an isolated and barren Berber settlement located in the rocky Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Rallia's journey is one of multi-tiered discovery in terms of her relationship to her extended family, traditional Berber culture and her desperate need to locate her biological mother. Through her eyes, the viewer is immersed in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal mores and strict religious codes of conduct. Mehdi Charef skillfully captures the windswept vistas of a faraway mountain range with wide camera angles that frame the harsh environs and the desperate daily search for water, the responsibility of the resilient women of the Berber tribe.

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This movie , is a Daughter of Keltoum" is a Masterpiece. Poverty, natural resources , drought, illnesses, to mention a few, causes havoc on communities all over the world. We should all meditate on the results and consequences. It is beautifilly expressed both on scenery, plot and actors. Now, I wonder did the bus stopped to take her away too.

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This movie , is a Daughter of Keltoum" is a Masterpiece. Poverty, natural resources , drought, illnesses, to mention a few, causes havoc on communities all over the world. We should all meditate on the results and consequences. It is beautifilly expressed both on scenery, plot and actors. Now, I wonder did the bus stopped to take her away too.

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So good. Really good.

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Good strong film, bringing to life a world rarely seen on the screen, and done so with taste, finesse, and courage.

This kind of film makes me be grateful to Fandor, thanks a lot. And this is maybe because I would like to live a simple life like the Berber. Great film.

A truly wonderful film and perspective.

what a story, excellent.

Well done.

lovely unexpected graceful movie.

the gal came to Algeria, the rugged mountains, people that had no idea of the outside world, and what the gal discovered, "that she would "love her mom', even though it had all changed, returning to Switzerland, a different person., very interesting story

Excellent

This movie is very touching, in many circumstances daughter son-mother must part. A divorce, sickness, death, immigration. A Mother's soul and thoughts will always be there for her child.

Nice shots but overacting annoying.I don't think women in Algeria mirror their emotions. It was supposed to be a theme of women's solidarity but the protagonist inexplicably turned against her companion. Her aunt was supposed to be simple-minded but was more sensitive and intelligent than the educated Swiss woman. With her money why didn't she just fly into the resort? Lots of tourists were there.

amazing....heart stopping...soul searching....

the universe brings us back to our root's, no matter what the distance or the time is....

beautifully told story.....

may the truth heal all mankind .......