The film paints a vibrant picture of the 1990s through the compelling performance of growth by Zoe ”Isabelle’s niece” Adjani as well as its depiction of the Algerian civil war. Living among higher class Parisians – while still strongly connected to the traditions of their home region – the secular berber family stands in opposition to islamist groups and the ever diminishing bounds of female space.
Petra Vallila (Translated by Janina Ketola)
Stirring coming-of-age drama parallels a woman’s sexual awakening with Algeria’s political adolescence.
In her second lead role after 2015’s Cerise, Zoé Adjani (niece of Isabelle) puts in a captivating breakthrough performance. She benefits from Aïnouz’s introspective script and cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie’s (120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)) lingering close-ups.
Sarah Ward, Screen Daily