Arabian Nights
France / 2004 / Arabic, French dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 99 minutes
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Kamel and his brother, Bouzid, live in Bab El Oued, a working-class neighborhood of Algiers. Kamel is a disillusioned, brooding loner. The more jovial Bouzid is an internet fanatic. He spends all his time in a cybercafé, "chatting" with girls all over the planet, inviting them to Algiers in the hope that one will then invite him to her country, enabling him to leave Algeria. One day, Laurence, a young Frenchwoman, accepts his invitation. She will arrive in Algiers in a week's time. Bouzid is frantic. He always assumed that foreigners would be afraid to come to Algeria. How can he receive this beautiful woman in style, when he is penniless and lives with his entire family in a tiny apartment? Despite himself, Kamel becomes his accomplice in accommodating the French visitor.


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