Directed by Raja Amari (France/Tunisia, 2016, 92 min.) A young woman named Samia (Sarra Hannachi) survives a sea crossing to enter France illegally in the aftermath of the Jasmine revolution in Tunisia. With no friends, no family, and no immigration papers, Samia must build a life for herself while avoiding the scrutiny of French authorities. She meets a sympathetic older widow named Leila (Hiam Abbass of The Lemon Tree, Munich, Paradise Now, and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049) who serendipitously offers her a job and a room in her home. Meanwhile, Samia’s handsome friend, Imed (Salim Kechiouche, Blue is the Warmest Color) takes a suspicious interest in Leila. This powerful and poignant drama draws back the curtain on the faceless “refugees” who are flocking to the West and paints a moving portrait of a woman who is determined to survive at any cost.
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