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Mektoub, My Love (2017)

Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (original title)
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A teen boy comes back to his hometown during summer vacation in search for love (in 1994).


François Bégaudeau (novel), Abdellatif Kechiche (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaïn Boumedine ... Amin
Ophélie Bau ... Ophélie
Salim Kechiouche ... Tony
Lou Luttiau Lou Luttiau ... Céline
Alexia Chardard Alexia Chardard ... Charlotte
Hafsia Herzi ... Camélia
Delinda Kechiche Delinda Kechiche ... La mère d'Amin
Kamel Saadi Kamel Saadi ... Kamel
Hatika Karaoui Hatika Karaoui ... La mère de Tony
Meleinda Elasfour Meleinda Elasfour ... Mel
Hamid Rahmi Hamid Rahmi ... Joe
Roméo De Lacour Roméo De Lacour ... Aimé
Karina Kolokolchykova Karina Kolokolchykova ... La jeune fille russe
Mohamed Souda Mohamed Souda ... Le père d'Amin
David Ribeiro David Ribeiro ... Fernando


Amin, an aspiring screenwriter and photographer, returns to his hometown, a fishing village in the south of France, after living a year in Paris. He spends his time hopping from beach to beach and from bar to bar, finding his childhood friends and chasing new encounters. The summer lights of the Mediterranean coast guide his quest for love, as he hopes to live a passionate romance like in the movies. Surrounded by his loving family, who sometimes helps and often hinders, Amin searches to find his own way. Inspiration comes in the form of many female characters who enchant him, but when it comes to love only the mektoub ("destiny" in Arabic) can decide. This coming-of-age saga set in 1994 casts a nostalgic glow on losing the innocence of youth.

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Release Date:

21 March 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Destiny, My Love: First Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Sète, Hérault, France See more »


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Opening Weekend:

€30,859 (Italy), 27 May 2018, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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It is the first part of the cycle 'Mektoub is Mektoub,' a free film adaptation of François Bégaudeau's novel The Injury.' See more »


During the night club sequence, Ophélie twerks at some point. However, the movie takes place in the summer of 1994 and twerk would not be known in France until the mid 2010s. See more »


References The Big Blue (1988) See more »

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Too loud, too bright - and *definitely* too long
19 February 2019 | by euroGarySee all my reviews

Amin quits his Paris medical school and returns to his seaside home town, intent on pursuing his twin interests of photography and writing sci-fi scrips. He quickly discovers that his womanising brother Tony (Salim Kechiouche, more famous to British audiences for such gay-friendly fare as 'Grande École' and 'Le Clan') is having an affair with his pultridudinous childhood friend Ophélie. Amin and Tony visit the beach, where they meet two tourists, Charlotte and Céline. Charlotte quickly falls for Tony's swarthy charms, and Céline initially seems interested in Amin - before showing equal interest in his humorous friend Joe and, indeed, in Ophélie.

On paper, this soapy storyline looks as if it could be dealt with relatively quickly. Director/co-writer Abdellatif Kechiche, however, spins it out to a squirm-inducing 181 minutes. He does this mainly by lengthening scenes way beyond their ability to hold the viewer's attention: for example, a nightclub sequence which adds nothing to the development of either plot or character lasts, by my reckoning, at least quarter of an hour but could have finished in half that time; and to establish that Ophélie works on a goat farm all that was needed was for her to say "I've got to get to the goat farm"; instead we're treated to five minutes of her herding the creatures into a barn.

Kechiche frequently has his actors talking over one another, which may be an accurate mirror of real-life conversation, but makes it difficult for the viewer to keep track of who is saying what, particularly when reading sub-titles. He also often places his actors in front of the sun, casting them into shadow and searing the eyeballs of his audience.

This film is sub-titled 'Canto Uno', which suggests one or more sequels. Even though the characters are largely likeable, and there is comfort in the predictability of the story, unless those sequels benefit from much tighter editing than did this, I won't be going anywhere near them.

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