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17 rue Bleue (DVD) (*)

Alternate Title: Seventeen Rue Bleue
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Ceasar Awards
Other Film Festival Awards

Language Selections:
English ( Subtitles )
French ( Mono )

Product Origin/Format:
France ( PAL/Region 0 )

Running Time:
161 min

Aspect Ratio:

Special Features:
Cast/Crew Interview(s)
Interactive Menu
Scene Access
Short Film

Movie filmed in 2001 and produced in:
France ( France, Benelux )

Directed By:
Chad Chenouga

Written By:
Chad Chenouga
Philippe Donzelot

Lysiane Meis ..... Adda
Abdel Halis ..... Chad (adolescent)
Aimen Ben Ahmed ..... Samir (adolescent)
Nassim Sakhoui ..... Chad (enfant)
Sofiane Abramovitz ..... Samir (enfant)
Saïda Jawad ..... Leila
Rania Meziani ..... Yasmine
Marc Berman ..... Merlin
Chafia Boudraa ..... La grand-mère
Isabelle Nanty ..... Françoise
Michel Such ..... Dr. Seilinger
Johann Martel ..... Xavier (adolescent)
Elodie Bouchet ..... Sophie, l'amie de Chad
Véronique Alain ..... Merlin's wife
Alexandra Ansidei

17 Rue Bleue is an autobiographical drama about an Algerian immigrant's self-destruction in Paris. In it, director Chad Chenouga recounts how his mother, Adda, came to France as an illegal alien, hoping to escape the haunting secrets of her native land, and seeking a new life of wealth. When Adda falls in love with her employer, a wealthy Parisian named Merlin, she believes her fortune is within reach. But troubles begin when Merlin suddenly dies, leaving behind no clear will. Adda, believing in the Algerian superstition that a beauty mark on her son's hand signifies great wealth to come, throws herself into a losing court battle to win Merlin's estate. As legal defeats mount up, Adda turns to drugs, driving away friends and family members, until she's left with only her son, Chad. When he turns 16, his mother dies from her many years of drug abuse. He is then placed into the hands of French social workers who attempt to stamp out his ties to an Algerian heritage while making him a 'pupil of the Nation.'

It's 1967, and as the war of Algeria comes to an end, Adda leaves Algiers and illegally enters France. Five years later, she is in Paris, 17 rue Bleue, with her two children and two sisters. She has a long-term but ambiguous relationship with her boss, Merlin, who sees that the family are well provided for. His death means radical change for the family. Obsessed by the idea that a fortune is within her reach, and taking literally a popular East Algerian belief, that the beauty spot in her son's palm signifies great wealth to come, Adda sees her lover's disappearance as an opportunity to enjoy all or part of his fortune. So she embarks on a hopeless court case, gradually hitting rock bottom with an addiction to medicinal drugs. Numbed by psychotropic drugs, Adda drives everyone around her away. The years go by, the family breaks up. Her adolescent son Chad remains alone with his mother, trying to look after her health and the ghosts of her past.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 13 January, 2009.


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