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Faute à Voltaire, La (2000)

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Running Time
2 hours, 10 minutes

Country France

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Other Titles

• Blame It on Voltaire (2000)
• It's Voltaire's Fault (2000)
• Poetical Refugee (2000)

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Genre: Drama

Plot: IN THEATRES: MARCH 26, 2001 (NY)

First-time feature film director Abdel Kechiche's BLAME IT ON VOLTAIRE paints a moving portrait of an immigrant who searches to find a place in his newly adopted country. Jallel (Sami Bouajila) is a charming, well-intentioned Tunisian man who travels to Paris and secures a three-month residency by pretending to be an Algerian refugee. Once there, he finds a room at a local hostel, where he befriends Franck (Bruno Lochet), as well as a host of other friendly men. At a nearby bistro, he falls under the spell of Nassera (Aure Atika), a gorgeous waitress, and a friendship develops. Convincing her to marry him for citizenship's sake, Jallel is shocked on his wedding day when Nassera disappears. Destroyed by this turn of events, Jallel lands in a psychiatric hospital, where he meets the fragile Lucie (Elodie Bouchez). Eventually, he regains his health and confidence, and returns to the hostile. It isn't long before Lucie locates him, sparking a relationship that is at turns romantic, passionate, and deeply tumultuous. Kechiche's film is greatly enhanced by the outstanding performances of Bouajila, Bouchez, and Atika, who dive into their roles with a fervor that is supremely naturalistic and believable, making for a stellar directorial debut.


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 Directed by
Abdel Kechiche
Esquive, L', Sorry, Haters
 Written by
Abdel Kechiche
Esquive, L', Sorry, Haters
Sami Bouajila
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Bruno Lochet
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Aure Atika
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Virginie Darmon
Brotherhood of the Wolf, Bonheur est dans le pré, Le, Saint Ange
Olivier Loustau
Esquive, L', Convoyeur, Le, Déménagement, Le
Sami Zitouni
Convoyeur, Le, Virgil
Carole Franck
Poupées russes, Esquive, L', Toi et moi
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