(out of 5)

Original title:  Exils

Lovers  and  are French citizens who emigrated from Algeria as children under negative circumstances. In an effort to reclaim their memories and put back together the pieces of their fractured childhoods, they decide to make a trip to their homeland. Packing only a bag and travelling by foot, they go through Spain and cross the waters to Africa, stopping to work the odd fruit-picking job (and make love in the sun-drenched fields), encountering all that the cultures ahead of them have to offer. Tony Gatlif’s richly cultural romance features a suspiciously low level of hardship (we’re not looking for Vagabond but I wouldn’t think that walking across a continent would be so easy), but the terrific chemistry between his stars and the cinematography keep it from ever being ridiculous.

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France/Japan, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Tony Gatlif

Cinematography by

Produced by Tony Gatlif

Music by Tony Gatlif,

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 2004

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