Release Date: April 29th, 2005 (NYC-Angelika Film Center, by Cinema Guild.
The Cast: Isild La Besco,Ousissini Embarak.
In French with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: A young woman falls in love with a Moroccan bank robber and follows him on a journey to Paris.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Isild La Besco, the actress who plays the young woman, has a phenomenal talent for acting. She looks a lot like Scarlett Johansson and is just as beautiful, yet she has much more charisma and grace. She shines in every scene. The movie is beautifully shot in black and white and the cinematography is very good as well. The plot itself gets thicker and more complicated throughout the girl's journey. There are also some nice twists in the last half of the film. Also, there is a good amount of nudity, but it does not take away from the enjoyment of the film--its not meant as shock value like the graphic scene in The Brown Bunny.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: The young woman's journey is often sad but very touching and, thanks to the La Besco's expert performance, it is also very poignant. He character is very lonely--and alone--when she is abandoned by her Moroccan lover. The different ways she copes with her loneliness is very interesting, especially near the end of the film--which is very believable and without any sugar-coating.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: A very well-acted film with a beautiful use of black and white shots and a very engaging, suspenseful plot. A breath of fresh air!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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