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Drama, War
During the Nazi occupation of Tunisia, two young women find their friendship stretched to its limits by the desires of men and the demands of war, which can be hard to differentiate. Myriam (Lizzie Brochere) is Jewish, and her mother has arranged for her to marry a rich man who can help them pay the stiff fine being levied on Jewish families by the Nazis. Nour (Olympe Borval) is Muslim, and her fiance keeps pressuring her to give up her virginity and cut loose her politically inconvenient pal. Karin Albou, who wrote and directed this 2008 French feature, sets many scenes in a women's bathhouse; their frank nudity and steamy intimacy contribute to the powerful sense of womanly solidarity. In French and Arabic with subtitles. 100 min.
Director: Karin Albou
Producer: Laurent Lavolé and Isabelle Pragier
Cast: Lizzie Brocheré, Olympe Borval, Najib Oudghiri, Simon Abkarian and Karin Albou

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