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The Dove's Lost Necklace (1991)

Le Collier Perdu de la Colombe (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 30 March 1994 (France)
This second feature in Nacer Khemir's "Desert Trilogy" is a visually ravishing folktale reminiscent of THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic ... See full summary »


Nacer Khemir


Nacer Khemir
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Credited cast:
Navin Chowdhry ... Hassan
Walid Arakji Walid Arakji ... Zin
Ninar Esber Ninar Esber ... Aziz
Sonia Hochlaff Sonia Hochlaff ... Leila
Noureddine Kasbaoui Noureddine Kasbaoui ... Calligrapher
Chloé Rejon Chloé Rejon ... Myriam
Jivane Karmali Jivane Karmali ... Osman
Leila Dakhli Leila Dakhli ... Girl in Rose Garden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jamil Joudi Jamil Joudi ... Giaffar
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This second feature in Nacer Khemir's "Desert Trilogy" is a visually ravishing folktale reminiscent of THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic calligraphy from a grand master. Coming across a fragment of manuscript, Hassan goes in search of the missing pieces, believing that once he finds them, he will learn the secrets of love. With the help of Zin, a lovers' go-between, he meets the beautiful Aziz, Princess of Samarkand. After encountering wars, a battle between false prophets and an ancient curse, he learns that an entire lifetime would not suffice for him to learn the many dimensions of love. Tunisian director Nacer Khemir, also a poet, painter and professional storyteller, notes: "The film takes place in Moslem Andalusia of the 11th century. But it's not a question of reconstituting a given time and place, but rather of summoning up the reflection of a forgotten garden, and out of a yearning for peace, so difficult to protect from ...

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It's Magic: The 2nd Part of Nacer Khemir's Desert Trilogy...
22 May 2008 | by wobelixSee all my reviews

The films of writer, poet & filmmaker Khemir all stand on their own, but his personal signature is easily traceable in his 'The Dove's Lost Necklace', his second film after the sensational 'Wanderers Of The Desert'.

Things are quite different too between the two films; where there was magic in the realism of 'Wanderers...', there is some mundane stuff in the magic of 'The Dove...'. Which is a big difference.

A lush and beautiful film, 'The Dove...' is very entertaining, indeed as if experiencing an unknown chapter of the 'Arabian Nights'. Even the desert in 'The Dove...' seems to be cleaned up. The film is smooth and polished as a fairy tale, and this is a pity when judged against 'Wanderers...', where every detail of the film rings out as true and real, which envelops the make-believe within the story to make it all seem very possible.

'The Dove...' is beautiful and worthy of your time and attention, where 'Wanderers...' is a breathtaking experience.

It does make one yearn to see the last of Khemir's Desert Trilogy -Bab'Aziz- which promises to use yet another way of storytelling.

Nacer Khemir is a gifted filmmaker, and a superb storyteller. I for one would love to read his books and poems, as well as watching many more films from his hand !!

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