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Raja (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 September 2003 (France)
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A cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's yearning for a nineteen year local girl. Raja is an orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Doillon

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Jacques Doillon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Greggory ... Fred
Najat Benssallem Najat Benssallem ... Raja
Ilham Abdelwahed Ilham Abdelwahed ... Nadira
Hassan Khissal Hassan Khissal ... Youssef
Ahmed Akensous Ahmed Akensous ... Ahmed
Oum El Aid Ait Youss Oum El Aid Ait Youss ... Oum El Aid - la cuisinière 1
Zineb Ouchita Zineb Ouchita ... Zineb - la cuisinière 2
Fatiha Khoulaki Fatiha Khoulaki ... Fatiha
Aïcha Aarif Aïcha Aarif ... Jardinière 1
Hajiba Firma Hajiba Firma ... Jardinière 2
Jmiaa Aarif Jmiaa Aarif ... Jardinière 3
Hanane Ben Jaddi Hanane Ben Jaddi ... Fille du bar 1
Samra Ben Arafa Samra Ben Arafa ... Fille du bar 2
Samira El Othmani Samira El Othmani ... Fille du bar 3
Abdelilah Lamrani Abdelilah Lamrani ... Le frère de Raja
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A cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's yearning for a nineteen year local girl. Raja is an orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush garden. Fred's attempt to seduce Raja, and their mutual attempt at manipulation, are fractured by their gross disparity of income, age and cultural sophistication. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama

Certificate:

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Too drawn out
7 April 2007 | by eleniakeSee all my reviews

This movie is too drawn out. Also for a French movie it is quite disappointing since there is no nudity, etc. The main actress who played Raja is also not even average looking (I really don't want to use the U word but it would not have been inaccurate). For Frederick to fall for her, he must have been really hard up especially considering there are many other local girls a rich man like him can certainly have.

The movie tries to portray Frederick as being lonely but still have plenty of libido. If that's the case he should visit the local nightclubs, etc. I am sure he can certainly find many more attractive young locals there.

If you want to watch a "Old man, Young woman" film, there are many better ones. Try American Beauty, Carried Away, Twilight of Love, etc.


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Country:

France | Morocco

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

3 September 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Radža See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 28 March 2004

Gross USA:

$13,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,643
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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