Fifth about The Seventh


DivinesDivines: it’s a sad, real, global (therefore, even sadder) story that Houda Benyamina is telling in this film; while it may feel old, and at times a bit loose, the specifics are what make this interesting. In particular, the two central characters are lovely, and their relationship is winsome. Déborah Lukumuena is pretty good, but Oulaya Amamra is nearly fantastic in her role; she mixes the many facets of a teenager (the angst, the defiance, the grace) with great ease. Cell phone footage is smartly added to the language by Benyamina, director of photography Julien Poupard and the editors.


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