Leïla (2001 film)

Leïla is a 2001 Danish film directed by Gabriel Axel.[1]

Directed byGabriel Axel
Written byGabriel Axel
Bettina Howitz
Produced byUlrik Bolt Jørgensen
StarringMélanie Doutey
Narrated byMichel Bouquet
CinematographyMorten Bruus
Edited byGrete Møldrup
Music byYounès Mégri
Distributed byAngel Films
Release date
  • 17 August 2001 (2001-08-17)
Running time
90 minutes


A young Danish guy, Nils, is visiting Morocco, where he meets the 16-year-old Berber girl Leïla. It marks the beginning of a great, all-encompassing passion. Leïla must defy her family to be with Nils, and their love has big consequences.[2]



The film was met with very negative reviews and was a box office bomb.[3][4][5][6] Swedish film critic Gunnar Rehlin [sv] in Variety wrote "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."[7]


  1. ^ Le Bulletin célinien (in French). M. Laudelout. 2006. p. 8.
  2. ^ Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema. Scarecrow Press. 31 August 2012. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-0-8108-5524-3.
  3. ^ "Konsulenter vil ikke have pop-film".
  4. ^ "Danmarks frste Oscar-vinder fylder 95".
  5. ^ "Leïla - CinemaZone.dk - et filmmagasin i bredformat".
  6. ^ Morten Piil (2008). Gyldendals danske filmguide (in Danish). Gyldendal A/S. pp. 320–. ISBN 978-87-02-06669-2.
  7. ^ "Leila". Variety.

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