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THE REPENTANT

by Merzak Allouache

synopsis

Algeria region of the high flatlands. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law « of pardon and national harmony », he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a « repenti ». But the law cannot erase his crimes and for Rachid it's the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.

international title: The Repentant
original title: El taaib (Le Repenti)
country: Algeria, France
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Merzak Allouache
film run: 87'
release date: NL 28/03/2013, FR 10/04/2013
screenplay: Merzak Allouache
cast: Nabil Asli, Adila Bendimered, Khaled Benaïssa
cinematography by: Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune
film editing: Sylvie Gadmer
producer: Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
production: JBA Production, Baya Films/Algeria
distributor: Contact Film Cinematheek, Sophie Dulac Distribution
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