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Just Like a Woman (2012)

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Two women get on the highway heading to Santa Fe. Marilyn dreams of winning a contest held by a famous belly dancing company, while her friend, Mona, has a secret: she's a fugitive from justice - accused of her mother-in-law's death.


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Mona (Golshifteh Farahani), 26, an immigrant from North Africa, runs her in-laws' mini market in Chicago. She's married to Mourad, a man who can't stand up to his authoritarian mother. Mona is harassed by her mother-in-law because after five years of marriage, she hasn't been able to get pregnant, something that's considered a shame and a taboo in her culture. Marilyn (Sienna Miller), 29, is a receptionist at a computer repair company. Her marriage with Harvey is on the ropes. The only thing in her life that makes her happy is her belly dance class, a passion shared by Mona. Dancing at family gatherings lifts her spirits up and makes her forget the misery of her daily life. Marilyn shops at Mona's mini-market. They've become friends. One morning, Mona's mother-in-law is found dead in her bed. Mona realizes that she mixed the wrong dose while preparing her medicine. Realizing that she might be accused of murder, Mona runs away and flees Chicago by bus. Marilyn loses her job because of ... Written by Cohen Media Group

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two friends - one journey - no limits



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Just like those women (web)
16 March 2014 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

An American road movie about two women in a red car. It's « Thelma & Louise » from Ridley Scott for sure but you are wrong : it's this « just like a woman » from french director Bouchareb. As he is a famous director in my country for « Indigenes », i really don't understand why this movie was still unknown, above all it has such famous cast : Zem + Golshifteh + Sienna. In all cases, all my fellows french ignorant don't know what they miss as it's really a strong, moving movie.

Maybe the stories of those women can be a little too much in despair and bad relationships (which husband can cheat on Sienna or be distant to Golshifteh ?) but their trip is just a great breath of liberty, freedom and dreams ! I don't know about you but i resent my actual life the same way they did : i'm a bachelor so maybe I don't know about quarrels but i'm for sure restless and if i'm not without job, the one i do is just alienation. So, like those 2 women, i would like to run away « where the streets have no name » like U2 sing accurately ! Actually, the movie offers this opportunity for a too short 90 minutes and in addition, it's also back to nature and escaping civilization because this team goes camping in the West.

And can you imagine that for this fundamental trip, you go along brunette Goldsifeth and blonde Sienna. It's a dream-team for me as i appreciate the two of them but if Sienna can find now at least one good movie, for personal reason, the black sad eyes of Goldsigeth just take me away !

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