Salut Cousin! (Algeria: 1996)

Director

Merzak Allouache

Cast list

Alilo: Gad Elmaleh
Mok: Messaoud Hattau
Fatoumata: Magaly Berdy
Laurence: Ann-Gisel Glass
Maurice: Jean Benguigui
Claude: Xavier Maly
Le voison: Cheik Doukouré
Rachid: Mohamed Ourdache
Malika: Dalila Renault
Tante Adijia: Fatiha Cheriguene

Credits

Produced by: Jacques Bidou
Georges Goldenstern
Jacqueline Pierreux
Patrick Quinet
Jani Thiltges
Arlette Zylberberg

Music: Safy Boutella

Cinematography: Pierre Aïm and Georges Diane

Editing:  Denise de Casablanca

Casting: Bruno Delahaye

 

 

Synopsis

This film follows the story of Alilo, an Algerian hustler. Alilo's current assignment is to pick up fake designer dresses in Paris which will then be sold upon his return to Algeria. His plans are interrupted when he misplaces the address of the dress shop, and instead he must spend five days in Paris with his cousin Mok. Mok is an aspiring rapper who has struggled for years to make a living and a life in Paris with varied success; he remains cheerful and optimistic about the future. As the film delves into Alilo's adventures in Paris and into Mok's stylish life, it provides a glimpse into the world of immigrants in Paris.

Reviews

John Petrakis, 'Salut Cousin' A Strong Story of ImmigrantsChicago Tribune (online)

Salut Cousin! Time Out London (online)

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