#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Dounia, a teenager living in the slums and her friend Maimouna start working for Rebecca, a successful drug dealer in order to escape their poverty. Her meeting with Djigui, a sexy dancer, makes things complicated, but leaving Rebecca is not easy..
Plot: In a ghetto where religion and drug trafficking rub shoulders, Dounia has a lust for power and success. Supported by Maimouna, her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca, a respected dealer. But her encounter with Djigui, a young, disturbingly sensual dancer, throws her off course.
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Raw emotional roller-coaster of clueless kids
Wow! What I expected to be a medicare classic sentimental a girl-from-the-ghetto story, turned up to be an extraordinary experience of incredibly acted, beautifully complex, unconventionally artistic movie. If this is the director’s first feature movie, I am genuinely looking for next one.
The story is about a 15-year-old Muslim girl called Dounia and her black friend Maimouna that both grow up in a poor migrant superb of Paris.They have both different characters and family situation, but they both share their insecurities and hopes with each other openly and you can feel the strength of their influence on each other even when it seems like they paths split.
They are both clueless teenage girls, that feel like they deserve more in life than what they were given by their parents or society. And it’s Dounia that is more willing to risk and fight for that better future. The relationship dynamic is fascinating to watch and very well acted. There is also interesting and potentially romantic (?) relationship between Dounia and a guy who is a dancer, and whose artistic aspirations in dancing is confusing her (and her own value system). And what’s more, her friend Maimonua doesn’t seem to be so impressed with him as Dounia, so she acts very ambiguously toward him and even sees him as weak, even though she is not sure that what she sees as a weakness is actually a weakness after all. This split between her contradictory emotions is amazingly well acted (in my opinion by a rising star) young actress Oulaya Amamra.
The ghetto, lack of meaning, lack of guidance and respected adult authorities, lack of social (economic) opportunities and feeling of being an alien in someone else’s society is the true antagonist of the story.
It drives Dounia (and Maimonua follows her in admiration) to make naive and bad choices, but at the same time you feel something very authentic and even admirable in her drive to find the most accessible way out of her frustrating situation. As there seems to be no adult that understands her feelings, she relies on her best friend Maimonua feedback and evaluation of her. But they both can only know, what they can learn from their surrounding culture and significant adults around themselves – who also seem clueless and desperate, so why should Dounia trust them at all? She has an immature drunk mother and no father. So when she drops out of school and start selling drugs, the world looks like it belongs to her (and her best friend), unable to see inevitable consequences of the path she puts herself and their friendship in.
And as the movie progress, you ask yourself how much she can get away with and will she finally learn harsh life lessons on her own or will the unusual relationship with the dancer help her to see beyond distorted values she desperately tries to believe in?
It is a matter of taste, I guess, but a Golden globe nomination, 10 minutes standing ovation and subsequent win at Cannes festival is, in my opinion, well deserved. Besides I read that the “self-thought” director Houda Benyamina herself grew up in the type of suburb she captures in this movie, so you can’t accuse her of over-dramatization or stereotyping.
I’ve seen A Man called Ove (2016) and Toni Erdmann (2016) which are both nominated for 2017 Oscars for foreign movies, but I think Divines deserves it more. I personally, put Divines to my Top 2016 list of movies.
Overrated and dull…
So I saw the trailer on Netflix and thought “This looks interesting.” but unfortunately the whole story can be summed up by the trailer.
The story is set in gay Paris – and told through the eyes of Dounia, a young girl struggling to find her way (cliche number one). She wants easy money and street cred, but struggles with…well, she struggles with something or other all the time. First, she tries to get credibility with the dealer she idolizes, then she struggles with her family situation and mother, then she struggles with her emerging feeling of horniness towards a male dancer, then she struggles to get away from the dealer she previously idolized, etc.
The character is unpredictable, doing things that later come back to get her and not learning the error of her ways at all. I get the feeling that at the end of the story the character hasn’t matured at all – in fact her spazzy unpredictability results in the death of a friend. I get the feeling that she wouldn’t feel responsible though…
Anyhow, the story is well shot but needs some serious editing. It’s a good 30-40 minutes too long. And the message is so mixed that there’s no feeling of learning or growth in the movie – is it about the hard circumstances of migrants in France?
Soundtrack is weird too, a few scenes completely spoiled by music that does NOT work for that particular act.
I’d give it a miss – much better fare on Netflix these days such as John Wick, The Last King, etc.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Houda Benyamina
Writer Houda Benyamina, Romain Compingt, Malik Rumeau
Actors Oulaya Amamra, Déborah Lukumuena, Kévin Mischel
Country France, Qatar
Awards 14 wins & 12 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red Epic Dragon
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format DCP