I saw Dernier Maquis (or Adhen) at the last Cannes Festival. It is a strong political movie about a palette factory, where the boss tries to solve the social conflicts by opening a mosque and imposing an imam under his control. But a few rebel workers occupy the factory and begin a strike. Once again, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche cleverly mixes fiction and documentary, and offers a realistic vision, far away from the usual stereotypes, of the everyday life of illegal immigrants from Africa, easily exploited by the means of religion. He also delivers some very interesting and unusual questions, with the freedom for each spectator to search for his own answer. A spiritual movie where you can learn and think, which is quite rare at the moment.
Talk of living wages and religious observances upsets the delicate accord between the boss of a run-down truck yard and his workers in this visually arresting take on the French-Algerian immigrant experience.
October 27, 2020