Two young girls - who have been neighbours and friends since they were children - experience their first amorous emotions. Myriam is engaged to Simon, a doctor who is much older than her. Nour loves her cousin Khaled, whom she wants to marry. One of the girls is Jewish, the other Muslim. The story is set in 1942, during the German occupation of Tunisia, as the Axis forces try to win over the Tunisian Muslim population in exchange for the promise of independence. The two young girls become close while everything conspires to separate them.Written by
Director Karin Albou had difficulty casting the role of Nour due to the extensive nudity. She originally intended to cast a Muslim Tunisian girl before broadening her search to all Tunisians and then going to Algeria to search for actresses. After failing to find any actresses willing to appear naked she moved on to France where she finally found Olympe Borval who was willing to take on the role. Borval had to learn Arabic for the movie. See more »
During WWII, the lifelong friendship between two young women (one Muslim, one Jewish) in Tunisia is tested when the Nazis take over the country. This is a good-looking film with fine performances from Brochere and Boval as the two women, although the characters are not very well developed. While generally engaging, it fails to be compelling, particularly for those not invested in the cultures portrayed here. It also doesn't offer any new insights about the religious themes it explores. It is sensitively directed by Albou, who also plays the mother of one of the young women. There are some surprisingly frank scenes depicting the grooming of Brochere for her wedding night.
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