Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Divine – critical – Paris Match

Golden Camera of the Cannes festival, “Divine” for Houda Benyamina propels you into the vortex of a suburban Chatter trio of off-the-law. A first film that keeps you out of breath.


Dounia (Oulaya Amamra) and Maimouna (Déborah Lukumuena) are two girlfriends inseparable while everything between them. One is a slender girl with fair skin, the other, a colossus with the ebony skin. While Dounia lives in a slum with a fickle and alcoholic mother, Maimouna is the daughter of a perspiring Iman wisdom. Trapped in a city where the feelings and future plans have hardly citizenship, they survive on little tricks until the day the chance allows them to get in touch with the guy from the corner (Jisca Kalvanda) a drug dealer surly …



Outfits leaves a scenario tagged by a trio of authors (Roman Compingt, Houda Benyamina and Malik Rumeau), those funny (young) ladies unleash their instincts actresses like hungry pitbulls on dialogues bloody well they were given. What a treat ! Moreover, “you got the clit,” a replica of the film, has already become cult. Could not think of movies like “Band Girls’ Celine Sciamma or even” Evasion “by Abdellatif Kechiche, but for his first film, Houda Benyamina requires originality in the way we transmit the rage (on) his heroines live without other lawless than material success. The money is chic.

A full these working girls dream of clichetons bling bling, the film opposes an artistic and sentimental reverse shot through the choreography of a young dancer. Hidden in the dark heights of the portcullis of a theater, Dounia, the beautiful savage beast watches the scene with fierce jolts. Swinging between deal and romance, this modern tragedy across the screen like a tightrope in permanent imbalance. Suffice to say that there is no net above the concrete slab. But vertigo, it is the spectators who have it. And that is the great success of the film.

Find our portrait of the actress-director Houda Benyamina in Paris Match.


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