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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Raja

    Subject: Re: a bad film
    Date: Jul 22, 2004
    Sender: billPrevious | Next

    I think you've both underestimated Doillon's awareness of the tragedy at hand. Anytime that "love" or genuine affection tries to get through it is distorted by linguistic gaps and unreliable interlocutors into a crass, gold-digging or exploitative venture. In a sense, yes it always is about power and money, and colonialism but that's what makes it all the more revealing and honest. I think it is a lucid critique and if it masquerades as a romance it is only in the sense that arab women subversively masquerade as Westerners. Raja is not so self-aware and confident that she can escape the cycle of explotation in any aspect of her life- she was pimped out by her brother at a young age, is with a no-count selfish chaauvinist, who she bills as "light of her life"- against this the Frenchy might actually be more akin to "love" than anything she is able to experience otherwise. Either way, she says herself that European women are more beautiful and is caught in a web of colonization on all levels of being-so I'm definitely giving Doillon the benefit of the doubt- he has proven himself acutely aware of the exoticization of otherness in multiple films, this one is no exception, just so masterful that it is disturbing in its illusion.

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    Re: a bad film

    I can only, and sadly agree with "peterT.'s comments. As a former Peace Corps volunteer living in Morocco, I was quite familiar with the situation of many of the women in the film, as well as the local "ex-pat" community of French and Germans. While this film did an exceptional job of capturing the complexity of language (60% of Arabic conversations are in "expressions"), culture, and bond between women, it failed to question or critique in any way this reality of exploitation. This film brought back a lot of sad memories of my stay there.






    Comment index:

  • a bad film   from Peter T., Oct 26, 2003
  • Re: a bad film   from Jean Charles, Apr 25, 2004
  • » Re: a bad film «   from bill, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: a bad film   from Tohmm C, Jun 14, 2006
  • a good film   from emma, Feb 13, 2006
  • Not A Bad Film   from Paul S., Dec 21, 2006
  • the meaning of the movie   from Bill Strain, Aug 27, 2009
  • outside the box   from Jeanne, Sep 11, 2010
  • confusing...   from mrs.p, Dec 11, 2012
  • a bad film   from Peter T., Oct 26, 2003
  • Re: a bad film   from Jean Charles, Apr 25, 2004
  • » Re: a bad film «   from bill, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: a bad film   from Tohmm C, Jun 14, 2006
  • a good film   from emma, Feb 13, 2006
  • Not A Bad Film   from Paul S., Dec 21, 2006
  • the meaning of the movie   from Bill Strain, Aug 27, 2009
  • outside the box   from Jeanne, Sep 11, 2010
  • confusing...   from mrs.p, Dec 11, 2012