A beautiful Jewish young woman still living with her orthodox family, falls in love with a Muslim co-worker. Albou’s film depicts how the conflict between the rational and the irrational drives the relationships within a Jewish family living in the outskirts of Paris.
Laura is a Jewish philosophy student who has put Kantian reasoning above all emotions, including love. In the film, Laura’s interaction with Djamel, an Muslim coworker, exposes how Laura struggles to live by her rationalist principles as she succumbs into her feelings for Djamel. However, as Laura admits to feeling affection for Djamel, she is upset when she learns that they cannot have a life on their own because Djamel cannot afford to confront his family. Western philosophy has also made Laura very skeptical of the teachings of the Torah, undermining her relationships with her Orthodox Jewish family.
95min, France, 2005
Director: Karin Albou, Writer: Karin Albou, Stars: Fanny Valette, Elsa Zylberstein and Bruno Todeschini
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