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Return to Algiers (2000)

Là-bas... mon pays (original title)
Famous TV news anchorman Pierre Nivel left Algiers for France in 1962. That's been a secret; his Paris co-workers have never known that he was formerly an Algerian pied noir. An Algerian ... See full summary »

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Alexandre Arcady
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antoine de Caunes Antoine de Caunes ... Pierre Nivel
Nozha Khouadra Nozha Khouadra ... Amina / Leïla
Samy Naceri ... Issam
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Nader Mansour
Mathilda May ... Nelly Azera
Wadeck Stanczak ... Francis
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Blanville
François Noah François Noah ... Pierre (young) (as François-Xavier Noah)
Dora Doll ... Paula Azera
Jean-Claude de Goros Jean-Claude de Goros ... Henri Nivel
Françoise Armelle Françoise Armelle ... Adrienne Nivel (as Françoise Armelle-Chiche)
Marie Guillard ... Alexandre
Raphaël Lenglet ... Issam (young)
Mostéfa Stiti Mostéfa Stiti ... Fadel Jalal
El Kebir El Kebir ... Fadel's brother
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Famous TV news anchorman Pierre Nivel left Algiers for France in 1962. That's been a secret; his Paris co-workers have never known that he was formerly an Algerian pied noir. An Algerian delivers an urgent message to Pierre from a Leïla Jalal... Algiers, 1962. The Nivels live in the same apartment building as the Moslem Jalal family. Lycée student Pierre is in love with their daughter, Leïla. The civil unrest in Algeria is heating up and violence is spreading in Algiers. At school, Pierre is friends with a Moslem student, Issam, but he is made fun of for that... Pierre's jet arrives in Algiers. As a celebrity, Pierre is met on arrival by a government official, Nader Mansour. Because of the civil war raging between the government and Islamic terrorists, they drive into the city in a heavily armed convoy. Pierre does not tell Mansour his real reason for returning: Leïla has asked him to help her daughter Amina escape to safety in France. Leïla has been unwillingly married to a terrorist... Written by David Carless

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France

Release Date:

12 April 2000 (France) See more »

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Return to Algiers See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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A love story set against uprooting and religious fundamentalism.
16 September 2001 | by lionel.willoquetSee all my reviews

Twenty years after "The blow of sirocco", Alexandre Arcady retraces his childhood footsteps in Algiers, where he could film, for the first time since the Independence. Combining past and present, covering history on both large and small scales, he films this painful account of his return to the country from which he was exiled for 30 years. Antoine de Caunes experiences the torments of this journalist torn between his teenage nostalgia for the sun-drenched paradise and the tragedy of a country ravaged by religious extremism.


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