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The String (2009)

Le fil (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 12 May 2010 (France)
Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have ... See full summary »

Director:

Mehdi Ben Attia

Writers:

Mehdi Ben Attia (screenplay), Olivier Laneurie (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Cardinale ... Sara
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ... Malik (as Antonin Stahly)
Salim Kechiouche ... Bilal
Driss Ramdi Driss Ramdi ... Hakim
Ramla Ayari Ramla Ayari ... Siryne
Ali Mrabet Ali Mrabet ... Wassim (as Ali M'Rabet)
Abir Bennani Abir Bennani ... Leïla
Rihab Mejri Rihab Mejri ... Wafa
Lotfi Dziri ... Abdelaziz
Hosni Khaled Hosni Khaled ... Moncef
Anissa B'Diri Anissa B'Diri ... Aida (as Anissa Bediri)
Djaouida Vaughan Djaouida Vaughan ... Frida (as Djaouida Tamzali Vaughan)
Nejia Zemni Nejia Zemni ... La grand-mère de Malik
Mohamed Grayaâ Mohamed Grayaâ ... Le fou de la plage (as Mohamed Grayaa)
Hakim Boumsaoudi Hakim Boumsaoudi ... Le premier amant
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Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have resurfaced. But all of Malik's problems seem to fade away when he falls for Bilal, the dreamy houseboy at his mother's bourgeois estate. Written by Outfest Film Festival

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A Scorching Romance

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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La Bambola
(reprise)
Written by Ruggero Cini, Franco Migliacci (as Francesco Migliacci) and Bruno Zambrini
Performed by Imen Cherif, Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan, Ramla Ayari and Abir Bennani
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An interesting evaluation of cultural and colonial stereotypes
3 January 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Quite a classy little film, this one. "Malik" returns from Paris to his home in Tunisia after the death of his father and falls in love with his mother's handyman "Bilal". He doesn't so much come out to, as get caught out by, his mother - a still stunning Claudia Cardinale - and the story focuses on the personal and cultural hurdles not just current, but in his past, as they all come to terms. It's a beautifully shot, evenly paced story from a part of the world not often associated with this genre of cinema. Well worth a watch.


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Country:

France | Tunisia | Belgium

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

12 May 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,427
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