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Mon cousin anglais
My English Cousin
© Close Up Films
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Karim Sayad

IMAGE

Patrick Tresch, Karim Sayad

SON

Miguel Antunes Dias

MONTAGE

Naïma Bachiri

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Close Up Films, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Close Up Films, Tënk

ISAN : ISAN 0000-0004-7A13-0000-3-0000-0000-S
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?
  • Qatar, Suisse | 2019 | 82 minutes
  • Un film de Karim Sayad

2001, Fahed arrive sur le sol britannique débordant d’aspirations et de rêves… et se bat pendant plus de 10 ans pour être régularisé. 2018, en proie à une crise de la quarantaine, il doit maintenant prendre une décision. Continuera-t-il sa vie anglaise en travaillant 50 heures par semaine entre le Fast Food et l’usine ou retournera-t-il en Algérie, pays qu’il a fui dans l’espoir de mener une vie meilleure ?

Fahed wants to change his life. It’s been almost twenty years that he left Algeria. At the time he was full of hope when he arrived at the British seaport of Grimsby, which was long past its heyday. His dream of prosperity evaporated. In order to survive financially he works two jobs in a 50 hour week. It’s true that he now has a residence permit and leads a well-integrated life in a workers’ flat share, but now, at middle age, he longs to go back to his Algerian home, in order to be closer to his mother. And he has marriage plans! But will Fahed manage to settle back in there and find his role after such a long absence? His family don’t quite believe his intentions to return and tease him because his engagement remains a mystery. He has probably gotten too used to the British mentality, an aunt assumes.
So where is Fahed’s home now? Unprejudiced and with an eye for humorous details, Karim Sayad follows his taciturn cousin’s dithering back and forth. A film about personal and not least social turning points, because in the background the two countries England and Algeria are moving towards political upheavals.
(Annina Wettstein)

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