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Divines 2016 / Available On Streaming Rental or Purchase

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Ashley Mantha-Hollands

Deep in the suburbs of Paris, Divines follows the story of Dounia (played by Oulaya Amamra) and her best friend Maimouna (played by Déborah Lukumuena). Director Houda Benyamina serves a nest of social issues – welcoming the viewer into a world where poverty is pervasive and adults are haunted by their own ghosts, where there is a life vest only in the reliance on friendship. The nature of this bond between the two female characters is deep, playful, and backed by mesmerizing acting on behalf of Amamra and Lukumuena.

Just as prevailing throughout the film is the commentary on immigrant diasporas and the power of idealization. The girls fantasize about financial excess with guttural determination, guided only by the realization that their escape from their current lives has to come to fruition no matter what the cost. This film is entrancing and thought-provoking. You won’t be able to look away.

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Rjkolinski

If you wanna be amazed by a bad-a** character (and actor!) in the title role, this is your movie. I felt so there with them as this story unfolded and cared about them alot!! Oulaya Amamra is literally someone who you both love and then don’t ever want to have her be upset with you! Such energy and emotion. I highly recommend this movie.

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