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Raja (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 September 2003 (France)
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A cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's yearning for a nineteen year local girl. Raja is an orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally ... See full summary »

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Jacques Doillon

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Jacques Doillon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Greggory ... Fred
Najat Benssallem Najat Benssallem ... Raja
Ilham Abdelwahed Ilham Abdelwahed ... Nadira
Hassan Khissal Hassan Khissal ... Youssef
Ahmed Akensous Ahmed Akensous ... Ahmed
Oum El Aid Ait Youss Oum El Aid Ait Youss ... Oum El Aid - la cuisinière 1
Zineb Ouchita Zineb Ouchita ... Zineb - la cuisinière 2
Fatiha Khoulaki Fatiha Khoulaki ... Fatiha
Aïcha Aarif Aïcha Aarif ... Jardinière 1
Hajiba Firma Hajiba Firma ... Jardinière 2
Jmiaa Aarif Jmiaa Aarif ... Jardinière 3
Hanane Ben Jaddi Hanane Ben Jaddi ... Fille du bar 1
Samra Ben Arafa Samra Ben Arafa ... Fille du bar 2
Samira El Othmani Samira El Othmani ... Fille du bar 3
Abdelilah Lamrani Abdelilah Lamrani ... Le frère de Raja
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Storyline

A cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's yearning for a nineteen year local girl. Raja is an orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush garden. Fred's attempt to seduce Raja, and their mutual attempt at manipulation, are fractured by their gross disparity of income, age and cultural sophistication. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Morocco

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

3 September 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Radža See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 28 March 2004

Gross USA:

$13,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,643
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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one of the best films i have ever seen
2 November 2012 | by gargihSee all my reviews

This film is about language. The way language operates between two people who don't understand the same language but still have the same wants, but are never able to communicate.

There are people who translate for both of them, and all the translations are distorted by cultural values or translator's own intentions.

I loved the performance of 'Raja', the actress is extremely beautiful.

It was very intimately able to communicate the details of lives of a street child, who grew into a street-girl and ended up with a bad and loveless man who only wants to exploit her.

It was not about sex, money, or other similar things, but it was how these mere ideas can ruin a love affair.

In all it entertained me and broke my heart. It was such a pleasure.


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