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  • Summary: Shot entirely in Morocco and Marrakech, Raja is the story of a beautiful young Moroccan woman living on the streets.
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  1. Subtle filmmaking and true-as-life acting make this an acute psychological drama with an engrossing sociological subtext. It stands with Doillon's best work.
  2. Doillon never lets his characters slide into cliche. They act and react from a wealth of contradictory impulses and long-standing prejudices in this masterful tale of frustrated desire.
  3. 80
    Even without all the other complications, Doillon's handling of the language gap alone gives Raja a pungent dramatic edge.
  4. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    80
    Intriguing, provocative and very well acted.
  5. 70
    What begins as a sorry exercise in cynical seduction becomes a case of amour fou.
  6. 70
    It plays out as an unsettling solipsistic love story--an account of erotic obsession with a family relation to "Of Human Bondage."
  7. 50
    Raja, which is basically a dark comedy about how this odd couple manipulate each other, is extremely well acted, though the direction by Jacques Doillon is on the leisurely side.

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