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90 minutes · 2013
Amid the civil turmoil in Algeria, a woman living quietly in the countryside mourns the death of her son, a soldier killed by Islamic extremists. Her other son, himself an extremist, asks an injured soldier to pose as a farmhand and protect his mother and his newborn son from wandering military forces, and the mother and soldier bond as they work to revive a dying garden. Dialogue is scarce, but that's just as well; the captivating camera work and strong, silent performances prove more effective as storytelling devices. Director-star Djamila Sahraoui brings a strong female perspective to a world dominated by men; the result is a beautiful story about the cycle of death and new life. In Arabic with subtitles.

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