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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 overview, first billed only:
Amel Hedhili ...
Najia Ouerghi ...
Khalti Hadda
Young Alia (as Hend Sabri)
Fatima Ben Saïdane ...
Zahira Ben Ammar ...
Sabah Bouzouita ...
Sonia Meddeb ...
La Jneina
Hélène Catzaras ...
Ghalia Lacroix ...
Adult Alia
Michket Krifa ...
Hichem Rostom ...
Si Bechir
Kamel Touati ...
Kamel Fazaa ...
Sid' Ali
Hatem Berrabeh ...


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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Release Date:

7 September 1994 (France)  »

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The Silences of the Palace  »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.66 : 1
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A great film
18 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a powerful story about economic and sexual oppression, and is equally interesting as a sort of history of underrepresented people during the French occupation as it is a comment on women's rights in Tunisia. I don't like what the commenter from Germany said- 'best film made in the Arab world wouldn't be a difficult superlative to obtain'? There are many great films that have been made in the Arab world, and whatever else you said about the film is worthless to me when you make that kind of statement because it tells me how many of the great Arab films you must have seen to judge it by- not many. I would agree, it is without doubt one of the best Arab films I've seen- but I would have to see literally thousands of Arab films before I could be comfortable making such an outrageous generalization.

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