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Hey Cousin !

Hey Cousin !

A Feature film by Merzak Allouache

Produced by JBA Production

Release in France : 20/11/1996

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Arte France Cinéma, Cléa Productions

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The country mouse, Alilo, arrives wide-eyed from Algiers to do a little business. The town mouse, his cousin Mok, French-born and Parisian to the core, is there to meet him. Alilo loses the address of the guy he is supposed to meet and they spend a frantic week trying to track down the suitcase which he absolutely has to take back to Algiers. During this enforced stay, Alilo's constant amazement reflects the stifling strictures of Algerian society, while Mok's endless survival tricks show up the extreme harshness of life in Paris. Alilo finds true love and misses his return flight, little knowing that Mok, his "pure French" cousin, has fallen foul of the law and been deported to Algeria.


"Hey, Cousin !" is perhaps (probably) a film on the margins of French cinema... Nevertheless, I shot it in Paris, in the eighteenth district. Something magical was present around me during the duration of the shoot (because of the neighbourhood ? the actors ? the crew ?...), something that reminded me of the atmosphere of Algiers. This non-exoticism... Perhaps that's why, in Holland, a journalist asked me if I had overdone the local colour in my film... Perhaps he meant the colours of the multicultural Paris that I love..."
(Merzak Allouache)

Full credits (11)

Executive Producer :

Jacques Bidou

Co-producers :

Patrick Quinet, Jani Thiltges, Jacqueline Pierreux

Sound Recordist :

Philippe Senechal

Editor :

Denise de Casabianca

Music Composer :

Safy Boutella

Still Photographer :

Laurence Tremolet

Screenwriter :

Merzak Allouache

Director of Photography :

Pierre Aïm

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Production Designer :

Olivier Raoux

Costume designer :

Anne Schotte

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Feature film

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France, Belgium, Algeria, Luxembourg

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Majority French (France, Belgium, Algeria, Luxembourg)

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1 h 43 min

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Dolby A

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (3)

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1996

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1996)


Out of Competition

Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


Cinema of Tomorrow

Directors' Fortnight - 1996

Directors' Fortnight (France, 1996)


Official Competition