Papicha

Papicha is Winner of the Best Film and Best Actress awards at the French César Awards and winner of Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.

This movie screens with English subtitles and only at The Flicks.

Algiers, 1997. The country is in the hands of terrorist groups, seeking to establish an Islamic and archaic state.

Women are particularly affected and oppressed by primitive diktas, who seek to take control of their bodies and control their passage through the public space.

While a frenzied hunt for women unveiled is launched, 18-year-old student Nedjma, a young student passionate about fashion, is determined to federate the girls of her campus to organize a fashion show braving all the forbidden.

As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting up a fashion show.

This film leaves no room for doubt that director Mounia Meddour Gens is a cinematic talent to watch with urgent things to say on the toughened and resilient female spirit.

Strong performances, including from lead Lyna Khoudri, go a long way towards enlivening Meddour’s film with an intimacy which is sometimes hobbled by ever widening clichés to enhance the tragedies of its finale.

1h 48min | Drama | French with English subtitles