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Las cartas de Alou (1990)

Alou, an illegal African inmigrant, send letters to his parents talking about his new life in Spain.

Director:

Montxo Armendáriz (as Montxo Armendariz)

Writer:

Montxo Armendáriz (as Montxo Armendariz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mulie Jarju Mulie Jarju ... Alou
Eulàlia Ramon ... Carmen (as Eulalia Ramon)
Ahmed El-Maaroufi Ahmed El-Maaroufi ... Moncef
Akonio Dolo Akonio Dolo ... Mulie
Albert Vidal Albert Vidal ... Padre Carmen
Rosa Morata Rosa Morata ... Esposa Mulie
Mamadou Lamine Mamadou Lamine ... Kassim
Ly Babali Ly Babali ... Ibrahima
M'Barick Guisse M'Barick Guisse ... Lami
Joaquín Notario ... Antonio (as Joaquin Notario)
Margarita Calahorra Margarita Calahorra ... Patrona
Fredy Ripers Fredy Ripers ... Conductor contrata (as Fredy Rippers)
Jordi Serrat Jordi Serrat ... Funcionario
Pilar Barrera Pilar Barrera ... Chica club
Juana Cordero Juana Cordero ... Chica club
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Alou, an illegal African inmigrant, send letters to his parents talking about his new life in Spain.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Catalan | Mandingo | Arabic

Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Letters from Alou See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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6 November 2002 | by FafaSaysSee all my reviews

LAS CARTAS DE ALOU (Letters from Alou) is a well-written and well-acted story about a young African man's life as an illegal immigrant in Spain.

Alou arrives in Spain without the proper papers and without a penny to his name. He is, however, rich in hope and perseverance. Soon, Alou finds work; it is the kind of work that only illegal immigrants can get. He learns to survive in a different culture and he learns to deal with discrimination. First Alou has to learn to speak Spanish, and then he learns how to navigate himself around the new land without being caught by the police or cheated by others. Alou makes friends; they are mainly other illegal aliens who survive by helping each other out. He also finds romance with a Spanish girl.

As Alou struggles to make a living, he writes positive letters to his parents at home about his new life in Spain. LAS CARTAS DE ALOU can be the story of many faceless and nameless illegal immigrants in any country.


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