Naïma is working in an art gallery in Paris when the terrorist attacks send shockwaves through her body, taking her back to her dark skin, her curly hair, her origins, her father's silence and the shame of her Harki grandfather. Through Naïma's relationship with her grandmother, the guardian of the temple, she pieces together the jigsaw of her family and questions her roots in order to rebuild herself! One family anecdote follows another, not without humour, helping Naïma to find peace of mind.
L'art de perdre begins as a tale and develops into a historical saga. The narrator, 30-year-old Naïma, sets out on a quest to reconcile with the memory of her family. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Algerian independence in 2022, L'art de perdre raises the question of transmission: what does it mean to transmit a country, a culture, a language, a history or even silences? The characters represent three generations: those of our grandparents, our parents and our own.