Tea in the Harem (1985)
"Le thé au harem d'Archimède" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  6 June 1986 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 318 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Add a Plot



, (novel)
0Check in

10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 71 titles
created 09 Jul 2011
a list of 122 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
a list of 1775 titles
created 10 May 2014
list image
a list of 2027 titles
created 2 months ago
list image
a list of 77 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Tea in the Harem" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Tea in the Harem (1985)

Tea in the Harem (1985) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tea in the Harem.
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fireworks (1997)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ôsugi
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death --- a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, ... See full summary »

Director: Dalton Trumbo
Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jean Poiret, Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet
Police (1985)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A moody, jaded police detective, while investigating a drug ring, falls for a mysterious woman and is drawn into a shady and dangerous scheme.

Director: Maurice Pialat
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, Richard Anconina
Marie-Line (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marie-Line works as a chief cleaner, at night, in a mall. She leads a team of 3-5 women, most of them being illegal aliens. Marie-Line is a hard woman with a golden heart, and she's in love... See full summary »

Director: Mehdi Charef
Stars: Muriel Robin, Fejria Deliba, Valérie Stroh
Vagabond (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In winter in the south of France, a young woman is found frozen in a ditch. She's unkempt, a vagabond. Through flashbacks and brief interviews, we trace her final weeks as she camps alone ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.

Directors: Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Adama Bila, Elysée Rouamba, Rodrigue Ouattara
Atomic Age (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two teenagers spend together a night around the town. One tries desperately to kiss a girl while a desire for his friend overwhelms the other one.

Director: Héléna Klotz
Stars: Eliott Paquet, Dominik Wojcik, Niels Schneider
Graziella (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Mehdi Charef
Stars: Rossy de Palma, Denis Lavant, Claire Nebout
Ikebana (1956)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The history and art of ikebana, a centuries old Japanese art of flower arrangement and a look inside the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, where the director's father Sofu Teshigahara worked as the grand master of the school.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Tomoko Naraoka, Sofu Teshigahara
Suzaku (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Depicts the life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village. Family head Tahara Kozo lives with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, nephew Eisuke and young daughter Michiru. Economic ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Kôtarô Shibata, Yasuyo Kamimura, Chiyoko Baba


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kader Boukhanef ...
Rémi Martin ...
Laure Duthilleul ...
Saïda Bekkouche ...
Nicole Hiss ...
Brahim Ghenaim ...
The father
Nathalie Jadot ...
Frédéric Ayivi ...
Pascal Dewaeme ...
Sandrine Dumas ...
Jean-Pierre Sobeaux ...
Nicolas Wostrikoff ...
Hugues Amesland ...
(as Hughes Amesland)
Santiago Bejarano-Chaux


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »





Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tea in the Harem  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in P.R.O.F.S. (1985) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mehdi Charef challenges stereotypical French attitude of liberty,equality and fraternity.
28 July 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

It is entirely due to Mehdi Charef that in today's French Cinema Beur filmmakers like Abdel Kechiche (La faute à Voltaire) and Malik Chibane (Douce France) are getting instant success and recognition.He is recognized as the trend setter of Beur Cinema for having given a distinctive image to Arab youths by directing "Le thé au harem d'Archimède" in 1985.His film won prestigious Jean Vigo prize in 1985.This film is based on the autobiographical novel written by Mehdi Charef for which Costa Gavras provided financial support as its producer.Le thé au harem d'Archimède talks about the marginal figures of French society for whom there are no opportunities to progress in life,no jobs to provide them with a decent living.These are the people who know that hollow slogans of liberty,equality and fraternity are of absolutely no use to them.It is the light tone of this film which will captivate viewers.Those who know French suburbs from "La Haine" are for a great shock as there is less violence as compared to Mathieu Kassovitz's film.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Crazy about this film!! delgadocasals
Alienation and Failure of Identity rombom90
Discuss Tea in the Harem (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: