Fatima

A patient, reflective study of a middle-aged Moroccan-born single mother pressured by her neighbors and her two teenage children alike to assimilate into a culture of which... Read more

Fatima

Directed by Philippe Faucon

Year: 2015
Running Time: 79
Color Type: Color
Country: France
Language: French and Arabic
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Fatima

Cast
Chawki Amari
Kenza Noah Aiche
Zita Hanrot
Soria Zeroual

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Directed by Philippe Faucon


Fatima lives with her two teenage daughters and works cleaning jobs to pay their way through school. Inspired by a true story and the poetry of the North African writer Fatima Elayoubi, who immigrated knowing very little French and slowly taught herself the language. A patient, reflective study of a woman pressured by her children and her neighbors alike to assimilate into a culture of which she's wary. Despite the display of everyday racism, both veiled and overt; internal domestic disputes and external gestures of inhospitality, Fatima offers an uplifting experience and one of recent French cinema's most trenchant and moving portraits of immigrant experience.

Awards

  • 2016 Cesar Award-winner for Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Newcomer (Female)

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