Dir. Danielle Arbid, 2015. 119 min. DCP.
With Manal Issa, Vincent Lacoste, Paul Hamy, Damien Chapelle, Dominique Blanc
In French with English subtitles
Lina has just arrived in France from her native Lebanon to settle at her aunt’s place and register at university when her uncle makes a pass at her. She hits the road and never looks back, launching this powerfully moving chronicle of a young immigrant woman’s struggles, loves, and triumphs in the Paris of the early nineties.
Beautifully carried by a charming debut performance by Manal Issa as Lina, Danielle Arbid’s partially autobiographical film is a testimonial to the resilience of those who risk everything for a better life or, as Lina puts it, for “freedom.”
“Director Danielle Arbid’s semi-autobiographical film stars impressive newcomer Manal Issa as a young Lebanese woman who struggles to survive in Paris by herself.” — The Hollywood Reporter