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The Wedding Song (2008)

Le chant des mariées (original title)
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The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewish woman who are both preparing for their marriages.

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Cast

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Myriam
Olympe Borval ...
Nour
Najib Oudghiri ...
Khaled
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Raoul
Karin Albou ...
Tita
Lassad Boumnijel ...
père de Nour
Nejia Jendoubi ...
mère de Nour
Hichem Rostom ...
père de Raoul
Jaouida Vaugan ...
mère de Raoul
Noureddine Bousselmi ...
Si Mustapha
Habiba Songri ...
soeur de Nour
Skander Capizzi ...
frère de Nour
Saleh Trifi ...
oncle de Nour
Inchirah Zitouni ...
Hannana
Dalila Meftahi ...
Patronne du hammam
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The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewish woman who are both preparing for their marriages.

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Drama | War

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17 December 2008 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,240 (USA) (9 October 2009)

Gross:

$30,818 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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Simon Abkarian refused to appear naked in the film. See more »

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Edited into Film socialisme (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Naturtraene
Written by Nina Hagen
Performed by Nina Hagen Band
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Rich, complex study of teenage friendship during war
14 October 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Like her earlier, excellent 'Le Petite Jerusalem', Karin Albou's story of two best teen girlfriends suffering through WWII in Tunis is rich with sensual textures; bodies, fabrics, a powerful sense of place. Albou is one of those directors who uses silence, a look shared, an extreme close up to communicate what most filmmakers rely on dialogue to say.

One girl is Jewish, the other Muslim. Both dream of happy marriages in societies and religious cultures that keep women as objects used by men, while both religious groups are used as puppets and victims used by the Nazi occupiers - if in very different ways.

A deceptively complex film, this story of friendship touches on war, religion, class politics, race, and sexual roles. If I found it a touch less successful than her last film, it may be because she was being so ambitious. But I'll take that kind of ambition in an artist anytime.


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