Until The Birds Return ★★★★

This lovely discovery tells three loosely connected stories that offer various perspectives on contemporary Algerian society. There is the affluent class, speaking perfect French and contemplating going to France but oblivious to the tragedies unfolding around them. Then there is the rural class, marked by arranged marriages and a more strict moral code. The film beautifully tells a tender love story about two people from this group. There are hefty themes like guilt and class structure, but the film remains poetic and suggestive throughout, avoiding didacticism or heavy handed social commentary. There are a few unexpected musical numbers (including a sudden choreographed dance sequence) that contribute greatly to the overall mood of the film. A strong Golden Camera contender.