You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Leila

A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, "Leila" is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what's happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone territories.

With:
With: Melania Douteys, Arnaud Binard, Malika el-Omari, Azzedine Bouayad. Narrator: Michel Bouquet. (French narration.)

A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone territories.

Central character is Leila (Melania Douteys), a beautiful 16-year-old who lives with her family outside Marrakesh. When she meets young Danish tourist Nils (Arnaud Binard), the two immediately fall in forbidden love. Leila’s father and brother discover what’s going on and consider killing her; finally, they opt to give her as a bride to a crooked old businessman in town, but on her wedding night, Nils and some of his friends decide to rescue her. Vet director Gabriel Axel (“Babette’s Feast”) shot the film on location in Morocco, but apart from some atmospheric scenes showing street-life in Marrakesh, pic feels tepid and devoid of emotional involvement. Due to the use of v.o., the two leads never get a real chance to convey their characters’ emotions.

Leila

Denmark

Production: An Angel Arena production. (International sales: Moviefan Scandinavia, Lyngby). Produced by Ulrik Boolt Jorgensen. Executive producers, Mogens Glad, Poul Erik Lindeborg. Directed, written by Gabriel Axel.

Crew: Camera (color), Morten Bruus; editor, Grete Moldrup; music, Younes Megri; art director, Effi Boheme. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival, Jan. 26, 2002. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Melania Douteys, Arnaud Binard, Malika el-Omari, Azzedine Bouayad. Narrator: Michel Bouquet. (French narration.)

More Film

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Film Review: 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

    A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone […]

  • David Tennant

    David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller 'Quicksand'

    A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone […]

  • (l to r.) Teyonah Parris as

    The Big Three Fall Film Festivals Dominate Awards Season

    A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone […]

  • Best Picture Oscar Race Preview 2018

    Studios Step Back Into the Best Picture Spotlight

    A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone […]

  • Chris Pang and Nat Faxon

    'Charlie's Angels' Reboot Adds Nat Faxon, Chris Pang (EXCLUSIVE)

    A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone […]

  • Terminator 2

    'Terminator' Reboot to Face 'Charlie's Angels' in November 2019

    A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone […]

  • Ben Stassen Set to Direct 3D

    Ben Stassen Set to Direct 3D Animated Sequel 'Bigfoot Superstar' (EXCLUSIVE)

    A potentially powerful story about a love affair that leads to a devastating clash of cultures, “Leila” is torpedoed by the inexplicable use of a narrator telling the viewer (in French) what’s happening on the screen and what the actors are saying to each other. Danish-produced pic looks unlikely to travel very far beyond Francophone […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content