Omar, an unstable and lonely teenager, lives in a slum in the suburbs of the Algerian port city of Mostaganem. He is addicted to a well-known psychotropic Artane, nicknamed Madame Courage, which is very popular among young Algerians for its euphoric effect of invincibility. Omar is a specialist in snatching. This morning, he goes downtown to go about his usual larceny. His first prey is a young girl named Selma, who is walking with her friends, prominently wearing a gold necklace. As he commits his crime, their eyes meet.

Technical details

Duration: 90 minutes
Nationality: Algeria
Production year: 2015
Director: Merzak Allouache
Screenplay: Merzak Allouache
Director of Photography: Olivier Guerbois
Editor: uong-Vi Nguyen-Long
Sound:Amine Teggar
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Cast : Adlane Djemi, Lamia Bezouaoui, Leila Tilmatine

Madame courage (2015)

Merzak Allouache is a director, filmmaker, screenwiter and novelist, witness of contemporary Algeria born in 1944. In 1964, he began his studies in movie direction at the National Institute of Cinema of Algiers and ended with a graduation from IDHEC in France in 1967. In 2012, Merzak Allouache received the Europa Cinema Label at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes in 2012 for his film Le Repenti.