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The Silences of the Palace (1994)
"Samt el qusur" (original title)

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As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amel Hedhili ...
Khedija
Najia Ouerghi ...
Khalti Hadda
Hend Sabri ...
Young Alia
Fatima Ben Saïdane ...
Mroubia
Zahira Ben Ammar ...
Habiba
Sabah Bouzouita ...
Schema
Sonia Meddeb ...
La Jneina
Hélène Catzaras ...
Fella
Ghalia Lacroix ...
Adult Alia
Michket Krifa ...
Memia
Hichem Rostom ...
Si Bechir
Kamel Touati ...
Houssine
Kamel Fazaa ...
Sid' Ali
...
Lofti
Hatem Berrabeh ...
Salim
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As Alia, the daughter of a beautiful servant Khedija, grows up in the Kings Palace at the end of the French colonial rule in Tunisia, she realizes the sexual favours required of her mother and other servants. Written by Will Gilbert

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7 September 1994 (France)  »

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Sadness and misery of helpless women nicely depicted by a talented woman film maker
10 September 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Let us begin by discussing this film's title "The Silences of the Palace".This catchy title is an absolute misnomer as in real terms there are no silences in the palaces.Most of the palaces featured in the film are full of sounds but a feeling of silence is deliberately implied as there is no one willing to hear these sounds.Moufida Tlatli is an important name in the realm of both Arab as well as Tunisian cinema.She finished her cinema studies at famous French film institute IDHEC.Many famous Arab films bear her name as she did editing work for many prominent Arab film makers.Her debut film "The Silences of the Palace" is about the last days of Tunisian aristocracy.It was a time of confusion as Tunisian rulers were worried about their fate as the nation was looking forward to an imminent freedom.As portrayed in this film the plight of the common people including women has not changed as they are being continually forced to remain in silence.Moufida Tlatli dedicated this film to her mother who was a constant source of inspiration to her while she was drafting this film.If a list of best Arab films is drafted,this film by Moufida Tlatli will surely be there.


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