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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 »

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Mehdi Ben Attia

Writers:

Mehdi Ben Attia (screenplay), Olivier Laneurie (screenplay)
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Cast

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 ... Leila
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 Graïaa Mohamed Graïaa ... 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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Country:

France | Belgium | Tunisia

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

12 May 2010 (France) See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Serious topics dealt perfunctorily
18 June 2015 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

Social and religious contradictions, gay/lesbian secrecy, and all this in an Islamic/Arab country - plenty of intriguing stuff to issue from and complete with. True, it is difficult to fit it all in a film less than 1.5 hours, and that is probably the reason why the film seemed a lightweight walk over the issues, with the director's apparent desire of being brave and progressive, but not too provoking in showing love and affection (Mehdi Ben Attia comes from Tunisia where the film is shot). The second half or so is less interesting and even more perfunctory, and the ending is rather odd, characteristic to Bollywood films rather than French creations.

The aged Claudia Cardinale has somehow lost her charm, and all other performers did not impress me much; I did not fix them in my memory, and their accomplishments did not make me look for films with their presence...

Thus, just an average film to me, 1-2 additional points for boldness and pleasant Tunesian scenes - not often shown in films widely available in the Western world. As for gay films, you might want to see respective German and Scandinavian films with meaty approach.


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