Archive of films 17 rue Bleue / 17 rue Bleue

2001, 95 min

Section: Maghreb
Year: 2002

The attractive and carefree Adda lives very comfortably thanks to a rich lover. But after his sudden death she decides to forge his will in order to guarantee an appropriate living standard for herself and her sons. As the years go by we watch as she struggles in vain for a better future, while her mental and physical health deteriorate.


The year is 1967. In spite of the fact that the war in Algeria is drawing to an end, Adda takes her two boys and heads with her sisters to Paris. There they live comfortably and well provided for at 17 rue Bleue thanks to Adda’s successful and influential (though all-too-married) lover. After the lover’s sudden death, however, Adda forges his unfinished will in the hope of holding on to the lifestyle she and her sons undoubtedly deserve. Some years later the older son, Chad, watches his formerly carefree and attractive mother’s gradual physical and mental decline. Adda carries on a futile inheritance and struggles against her former lover’s ex-wife. She eventually sends the younger of her two neglected sons to live with relatives, and her own decline is rounded out with popping pills. Director Chad Chenouga said about his film: “I know that 17 Rue Bleue will always have a very special place for me, aside from being my first feature film. The place of my first loves, my first wounds, forever open. . . .”

About the director

Chad Chenouga (b. 1962, Paris) has concentrated on shorts up to now, including Rue Bleue which screened at Cannes and received a César nomination in 1998. 17 rue Bleue is his feature directorial debut.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Maghreb
Director: Chad Chenouga
Screenplay: Chad Chenouga, Philippe Donzelot
Dir. of Photography: Eric Guichard
Music: Ahmet Gülbay, Chad Chenouga
Editor: Marie-France Cuénot
Producer: Jérome Vidal
Production: Quo Vadis Cinema, Arte France Cinema, Bfc Productions
Cast: Lysiane Meis, Abdel Halis, Aimen Ben Ahmed, Sofiane Abramovitz

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