Délice PalomaDirector: Nadir Moknèche
Algeria, France | Arabic
Unable to get a building permit? Feeling lonely tonight? Call Madame Aldjeria. If you have a problem, she has the solution, for a certain price. For the lady who has assumed her country’s name, nothing is impossible. Her recruits can make a career for themselves, if they’re pretty and lacking in principles. Paloma fits the bill perfectly.
The purchase of Caracalla Springs, the dream that should allow Aldjeria’s clan to start a new life, however, proves to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and results in a three-year prison term for Aldjeria. On her release, she discovers an Algiers to be not so friendly anymore. Nevertheless, she is determined to regain her place as a “national benefactress.'
Nadir Moknèche is less concerned with denouncing corruption than showing how it flows in the veins of the country. By making Madame Aldjéria likeable, though immoral, he reinforces the idea that without accepting itself with its flaws, this society will be incapable of defining its future.
The film is the winner of multiple awards, including the Lumière Award, the French equivalent of the Golden Globes; Best African Feature Film, Milan; and a Special Mention in Verona for Biyouna, the renowned actress who plays in almost all of Moknèche’s flms. Délice Paloma is interpreted by an excellent cast that includes Lyès Salem as the wily lawyer.