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I Still Hide to Smoke (2016)

À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer (original title)
Fatima, a strong-minded woman, is the lead masseuse of a hammam in Algiers. This is 1995 and the situation is tense in the capital. The day ahead promises to be hectic for all, and for ... See full summary »

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Rayhana Obermeyer (as Rayhana)

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Rayhana Obermeyer (as Rayhana)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiam Abbass ... Fatima
Fadila Belkebla Fadila Belkebla ... Samia
Nadia Kaci Nadia Kaci ... Keltoum
Nassima Benchicou Nassima Benchicou ... Zahia
Sarah Layssac Sarah Layssac ... Nadia
Maymouna Maymouna ... Louisa
Lina Soualem Lina Soualem ... Meriem
Faroudia Amazit Faroudia Amazit ... Madame Mouni
Fethi Galleze Fethi Galleze ... Mohamed
Biyouna Biyouna ... Aïcha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Argyropoulou Marina Argyropoulou ... Marié
Christos Batzios Christos Batzios ... Homme
Wafa Boukli Wafa Boukli ... Wassila
Eleni Frantzi Eleni Frantzi ... Une cliente du hammam
Aliki Kalogirou Aliki Kalogirou ... Leïla
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Storyline

Fatima, a strong-minded woman, is the lead masseuse of a hammam in Algiers. This is 1995 and the situation is tense in the capital. The day ahead promises to be hectic for all, and for Fatima in particular. Already, while walking to her place of work, she is the distant witness of a terrorist attack. At the hammam, Fatima should feel better, but the atmosphere proves electric in her small enclosed world, she has great difficulty in maintaining order. All the more as Meriem, a sixteen-year-old pregnant girl comes to take shelter at the hammam. And as irate brother, Mohamed, is after her to cleanse his honor in blood. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France | Greece | Algeria

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

26 April 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I Still Hide to Smoke See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2010, after a performance in Paris of the play which is the source of the film, Rayhana was attacked by religious extremists who sprinkled her with gasoline and tried (but fortunately failed) to set her afire. See more »

Quotes

Fatima: When the snake grows old the frog fucks it!
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Soundtracks

Procession de l'Oncle Mahmoud
Written by Taos Amrouche
From album Les Chants de Taos Amrouche-Chants berbères de Kabylie
Copyright Disques Frémeaux et Associés
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Blew my mind
29 November 2018 | by tsestanSee all my reviews

Vau, just vau. This is a masterpiece. I am not anywhere near Algeria or North Africa, but I believe that these are voices of real Algerian women performed by Algerian actors and directed by Algerian director. This film shows hidden depth of Algerian society that I did not expect (I never thought myself as being someone with prejudices, but it look like I had some). You are able to hear voices from all sides(not just two) and get sense of complexity of that society. Film looks a bit like a stage play in the middle part as all the women are expressing their views and experience (which I did not mind - actually I loved it), but there is always a strong line leading to the brilliant finale. There is also a poetry in beginning and end which I also loved (usually I hate poetry in movies, but this one is exception). Final scene is something I will remember for a long time. Performances of actors are superb. I believe that this film meant a lot to them. Brilliant, just brilliant.


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