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The Source (2011)

La source des femmes (original title)
A comedy/drama set in a village and centered on a battle of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favors if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loubna / Esmeralda
Biyouna ...
Vieux Fusil
Karim Leklou ...
Mohamed Majd ...
Mohamed Tsouli ...
Omar Azzouzi ...
Le cheikh
Saad Tsouli ...
Amal Chakir ...
Amina Boussaif ...
Nadia Zaoui ...
Farida Bouaazaoui ...


In a remote and primitive patriarchal village between the North of Africa and the Middle East, the land has dried and the women traditionally bring water from a distant fountain to their houses while the idle husbands drink tea in the bar. The educated Leïla, who is the wife of the local teacher Sami, begins a sex strike movement among the women, supported by the elder Vieux Fusil (meaning old flintlock), to force the men to bring water to the village. They must face the strong reaction of the brutal men. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama


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2 November 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Fonte das Mulheres  »

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Did You Know?


The basic premise of the plot, the withholding of sexual relations by women to force their menfolk to do something, is first noted in the play, 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes. Several versions of "Lysistrata" have been filmed for cinemas and television, with the most recent being Chi-Raq (2015) by Spike Lee. See more »


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Strong and very moving struggle
8 June 2013 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Source is an excellent Arabic movie about the social modernization of the Maghreb back country, that westerners can easily associate with.

The good. Powerful subjects. Extremely compelling story, touching and full of emotions. Tightly built scenario. Nice B and C stories. Very realistic characters. Actual setting, nothing fake.

The bad. Nothing.

The ugly. Nothing.

The result. Many can enjoy this flick, but highly recommended to anyone who like social justice, grass root non-violent movements, or tales set in a simple village. Not recommended to those who like slick movies.

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