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A Summer in La Goulette (1996)

Un été à La Goulette (original title)
TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 1996 (France)
Summer, 1967. La Goulette, the touristic beach of Tunisi, is the site where three nice seventeen-year-old girls live: Gigi, sicilian and catholic; Meriem, Tunisian and Arab; Tina, French ... See full summary »

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Férid Boughedir
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonia Mankaï Sonia Mankaï ... Meriem
Ava Cohen-Jonathan Ava Cohen-Jonathan ... Tina
Sarah Pariente Sarah Pariente ... Gigi
Mustapha Adouani Mustapha Adouani ... Youssef
Amel Hedhili Amel Hedhili ... Wassila
Guy Nataf Guy Nataf ... Jojo
Hélène Catzaras Hélène Catzaras ... Lucia
Ivo Salerno Ivo Salerno ... Giuseppe
Gamil Ratib ... Hadj Beji
Lisa Seror Lisa Seror ... Fritna
Fatima Ben Saïdane Fatima Ben Saïdane ... Taita
Jamel Sassi Jamel Sassi ... Tewfik
Radhouane Meddeb Radhouane Meddeb ... Vénus
Michael Journo Michael Journo ... Jacky
Hatem Berrabeh Hatem Berrabeh ... Salvatore
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Summer, 1967. La Goulette, the touristic beach of Tunisi, is the site where three nice seventeen-year-old girls live: Gigi, sicilian and catholic; Meriem, Tunisian and Arab; Tina, French and Jewish. They would like to have their first sexual experience during that summer, challenging their families. Their fathers, Youssef, Jojo and Giuseppe, are old friends and their friendship will be in crisis because of the girls, while Hadj, an old rich Arab, would like to marry Meriem. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Tunisia | France | Belgium

Language:

French | Arabic | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

La Goulette, Tunis, Tunisia

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Political & Sexual tensions in the Summer of Love
7 June 2013 | by rstout3526See all my reviews

Un été à La Goulette. Political tensions in the Middle East are the backdrop. During the Summer of 1966. La Goulette, a tourist beach town in Tunisia, near Carthage, North Africa is the locale. Tunisia is now independent of France, the arabs have taken control but other religions remain and are tolerated. The background to the film is the pending Arab-Israeli War, although this is not actually mentioned until the end of the film, and the political tensions begin to mix with the sexual tensions. Three nice seventeen-year-old village girls: Gigi, Sicilian and catholic; Meriem, Tunisian Muslim and Arab; Tina, French and Jewish. They would like to have their first sexual experience during that summer, challenging their families. Their fathers, Youssef, Jojo and Giuseppe, are old friends and their friendship will be in crisis because of the girls, while Hadj, an old rich & horny Arab, would like to marry Meriem. When the girls meet three boys of mixed religions the respective girls fathers come to blows and start to question their so far cordial religious Tolerances. A nice piece of cinema that includes moments of farce, pathos and comedy behind a serious undertone. The village idiot owns the only modern transistor radio that can pick up Radio Beirut. He keeps the villagers informed of the situation whilst they continue listening to their old valve radios of local news whilst playing cards, drinking and talking of times past. The cast is wonderful - largely unknown amateurs with a few old hands. It works very well and has a feelgood factor very similar to such films as Cous Cous.

It would be difficult making this film set in the current century.

Well worth seeing.


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