Director: Karin Albou

1h 34min. 2004

Religion, philosophy and romantic love all vie for the heart and mind of a smart teenage girl Laura (Fanny Valette), in this skilfully balanced debut feature from writer-director Karin Albou. Set in the suburban Paris neighbourhood of Sarcelles, known as ‘Little Jerusalem’ due to its large Jewish population, Laura lives with her widowed mother (Sonia Tahar), sister (Elsa Zylberstein) and brother-in-law (Bruno Todeschini) unable to escape her Orthodox upbringing. She studies Western philosophy and begins to find herself falling for its exotic influences, torn by a reluctant exposure to romance, but determined not to succumb. Cast includes: Fanny Valette, Elsa Zylberstein, Bruno Todeschini.

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