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7 September 1994 (France) See more »
As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Moufida Tlatli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nouri Bouzid 
Moufida Tlatli 

Produced by
Ahmed Baha Attia .... producer (also as Eddine Attia) (as Ahmed Baha)
Richard Magnien .... producer
Original Music by
Anouar Brahem 
Cinematography by
Youssef Ben Youssef 
Film Editing by
Camille Cotte 
Karim Hammouda 
Moufida Tlatli 
Set Decoration by
Claude Bennys 
Makeup Department
Fatma Jaziri .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dora Bouchoucha Fourati .... production manager
Tarak Harbi .... production manager
Joëlle Kondo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mounir Baaziz .... assistant director
Adel Khoudhaei .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gérard Rousseau .... sound mixer
Faouzi Thabet .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Chedli Chaouachi .... camera operator
Other crew
Sylvain Monod .... production consultant

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Also Known As:
"Samt el qusur" - France (original title)
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Canada:128 min | France:127 min | Japan:127 min | Sweden:129 min | USA:116 min | Argentina:120 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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A great film, 18 April 2007
Author: gummigoo from United States

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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