Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This is a French language comedy set among the Algerian immigrant population of France. For political reasons, Algeria was one of France's most important colonies. French governments and even French constitutions rose and fell on the basis of plans to deal with various "Algerian crises." Hence, African-descended Algerian immigrants living in France form an important and politically controversial group within French society. Though a large number of earlier films have dealt with the difficult lives of these people, this is one of the first to take a lighter look at the lives of this unpopular group. Malik (Samir Guesmi) is a youngish immigrant who, for no reason that is clear, is given one wish by a genie-type character who rises up out of the bathtub drain while Malik is bathing. He is not allowed his wish of emigrating to Canada, but instead is given two girls at once. From this one wish, his troubles multiply.
genie, immigrant, wish-fulfillment