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Just Like a Woman -- Just Like a Woman tells the poignant tale of two women, barely more than casual acquaintances, who, upon escaping the prisons of their unhappy marriages, embark on a revealing journey of self discovery which leads them to the importance - and true meaning - of friendship.
Just Like a Woman -- A Chicago housewife runs off to Santa Fe to compete in a belly dancing competition.


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5 July 2013 (USA) See more »
two friends - one journey - no limits
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sienna Miller ... Marilyn

Golshifteh Farahani ... Mona

Bahar Soomekh ... Soha

Tim Guinee ... George

Roschdy Zem ... Mourad
Chafia Boudraa ... La mère de Mourad

Jesse Bob Harper ... Harvey (as Jesse Harper)

Sayed Badreya ... Tarek
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Usman Ally ... Ousman
Paolina Cimino ... Belly Dancer

Richard Cotovsky ... Homeless Man

Deanna Dunagan ... George's Mother

Michael Ehlers ... Peter

Lorena Fernández ... Belly Dancer

Doug James ... George's Father

Bridget Kelly ... Assistant
Kimberly Kiegel ... Woman Judge
Dan Latham ... Bus Passenger
Loren Lazerine ... Ron

Mike Miller ... Neighbor

Amy Olson ... Delivery Woman

Francisco Peramos ... Judge

Aaron Walters ... Suspect

Rebekah Ward ... Rebecca (as Rebekah Ward-Hays)
Mary R. Woods ... Neighbor Wife
Ruben Nakai Campana ... Indian Youth (uncredited)
Rodger Larance ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Jaime Powers ... Dancing Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Rachid Bouchareb 
Writing credits
Joelle Touma  written by and
Marion Doussot  writer

Produced by
Allen Bain .... producer
Jean Bréhat .... producer
Charles S. Cohen .... producer
Gianluca Curti .... co-producer
Matthieu de Braconier .... co-producer
Bertrand Faivre .... co-producer
Francesca Manno .... producer
Brent Morris .... line producer: New Mexico
Jesse Scolaro .... producer
Jonna Walsh .... line producer
Original Music by
Éric Neveux 
Cinematography by
Christophe Beaucarne 
Film Editing by
Matt Garner 
Casting by
Justine Léocadie 
Set Decoration by
Patrick McGee 
Costume Design by
Laura Darner 
Mahemiti Deregnaucourt 
Makeup Department
Vanessa Jaramillo .... makeup department head: New Mexico
Lisa Jelic .... department head hair
Yvette Meely .... hair department head
Zsofia Otvos .... makeup department head
Production Management
Cedric Ettouati .... post-production supervisor
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Käthe Walton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Holli Hopkins-McGinley .... second second assistant director: Chicago
Daniel Lamkin .... second assistant director: Chicago
Mathieu Schiffman .... first assistant director
Philip Seeger .... second asisstant director
Marcus Taylor .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jeff Creath .... property master: Chicago
J.D. Jacoby .... assistant property master: New Mexico
Dan Machalinski .... art department intern
Kevin Pierce .... assistant art director: New Mexico
Kevin Pierce .... set decorator: New Mexico
Tracy Reuter .... assistant to production designer
Jessica Voogd .... assistant property master
Jeffri Welsh .... property master
Sound Department
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Aymeric Dupas .... foley recordist
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
François Lambert .... foley recording assistant
Jean-Yves Munch .... sound mixer
Mikael Nabeth .... assistant foley recordist
Alon Namdar .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Walczak .... supervising sound editor
Sébastien Wera .... dialogue editor
Sébastien Wera .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Antoine Marbach .... visual effects producer
Damien Stumpf .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Joey Bacharka .... lighting technician
Shannon DeWolfe .... second assistant camera
Hank Herrera .... key grip: New Mexico unit
Christopher Norris .... first assistant camera
Justin Painter .... first assistant camera: Chicago
Mick Rocks .... digital imaging technician
Rob Salviotti .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Marcin Szalkowski .... grip
Timothy Troy .... best boy grip
Silas Tyler .... gaffer
Phillip Walter .... digital imaging technician
Casting Department
Kathryn Brink .... casting director: New Mexico
Brad Burton .... casting: chicago
Kyle T. Cowan .... local casting assistant
Tina Kerr .... extras casting director: New Mexico
Jonathan Kinnas .... extras casting: Chicago
David O'Connor .... casting: chicago
Erin Stewart .... extras casting assistant
Kimberly Williams Burton .... casting: chicago (as Kimberly A. Williams)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Shanahan .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Yannick Kergoat .... editor
Natacha Louis .... colorist
Francesco Struffi .... trailer editor: Italian version
Music Department
Loris Bernot .... music assistant engineer
Gautier Carbonneaux .... assistant music mixer
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor
Stéphane Reichart .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Maddie Detloff .... transportation
J.D. Hicks .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Steve Aguino .... assistant location manager
Maria Elia Castro .... assistant production coordinator
Flower Hulihan .... production coordinator
Alex Lambert .... office intern
Alexandre Lambert .... production assistant
Alex Lewis .... location assistant
Alexandra Lewis .... locations intern
Ariel Y. Lopez .... location assistant
Vinh Lu .... location manager: Chicago
Lauren Mekhael .... production financing
Ben Miner .... assistant location manager: chicago
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Norina Michele Morales .... production runner
Alexis N. Mueller .... legal counsel: Mavronicolas Mueller & Dee LLP
Brian Nowak .... production assistant
Robert O'Quinn .... key set production assistant
Kathryn Olguin .... production assistant
Lin Sanders .... accounting coordinator
Victor H. Soto .... production assistant
Shaun Steagall .... key crafts service
Jason Stebbings .... office production assistant
Alyssa Telford .... location intern: Chicago
Justin Thaler .... production secretary
Élodie Van Beuren .... script supervisor
Déborah Wakshull .... location manager: New Mexico
Jeremy E. Wilcox .... production accountant

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality
87 min
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Canada:PG (British Columbia) | UK:15 | USA:R
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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie., 10 July 2013

I was interested in seeing this movie because I really enjoy road trip movies. Somehow you tend to meet interesting people and it comes out well in movies especially when coupled with great outdoors. I was also interested because it features Golshifteh Farahani who I really enjoyed in About Elly (2009).

Just Like a Woman is the story of two wives. Egyptian born Mona lives with her husband and his mother. Mona's husband owns a shop which Marilyn visits. The mother-in-law treats Mona awfully because they can't have children and she blames it on her. Marilyn has a low paying job but doesn't complain. Then one day, she is fired with no notice, and saddened, she goes home to find her husband cheating on her. Around the same time, Mona accidentally mixes up her mother-in-law's medication which causes her mother-in-law's death. Afraid and lost, Mona runs away on the first bus she finds. Marilyn takes the car and leaves everything behind to pursue an audition to become a belly dancer. The two women then meet on a highway stop and continue their journey together.

I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. The two actresses do a really good job. One has to wonder why they cast an Iranian actress in an Egyptian character, is there a shortage of Arabic actresses? Sure, it's geographically closer than having Freida Pinto play a Palestinian but still. The movie starts with some really down on their luck women, but I appreciated the vision of running away as getting a second chance. It seems to hold the message that it's not the goal but the pursuit of it that really matters. Being not personally a fan of dance scenes in any movie, I was a little scared but the scenes are not too many and the ones that are there are actually beautiful.

The movie might hold a very feminist view and some will say that all men are portrayed as evil, however, I think the sweetest and most gentle character was the tribal security guard who helped them out. It is also to be noted that women are not all portrayed as angels as characterized with the scene of the woman watching from the mobile home's window or the mother-in-law. Some scenes might have been included for shock or emotional virtue alone but it brought out good acting. The Indian Reserve had really beautiful spots.

All in all, the movie might try a little too hard to have weakened characters in order to make them shine stronger when they succeed. In a way it's annoying but it is also more rewarding to see them overcome their struggles.

I liked: Road trip. A follow your dreams attitude.

I disliked: Feels a little forced sometimes. Were the racist remarks really needed or just added for shock value?

68/100 As a feminist I liked it, these women got stronger together and extracted themselves from their husbands' influence. For a breath of fresh air and a second chance.

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