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La source des femmes (2011)

A comedy/drama set in a village and centered on a battle of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favors if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well.

Director:

Radu Mihaileanu

Writers:

Radu Mihaileanu (scenario), Alain-Michel Blanc (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leïla Bekhti ... Leila
Hafsia Herzi ... Loubna / Esmeralda
Hiam Abbass ... Fatima
Saleh Bakri ... Sami
Biyouna Biyouna ... Vieux Fusil
Sabrina Ouazani ... Rachida
Karim Leklou ... Karim
Mohamed Majd Mohamed Majd ... Hussein
Mohamed Tsouli Mohamed Tsouli ... L'imam
Omar Azzouzi Omar Azzouzi ... Le cheikh
Saad Tsouli Saad Tsouli ... Mohamed
Amal Chakir Amal Chakir ... Khadija
Amina Boussaif Amina Boussaif ... Nawale
Nadia Zaoui Nadia Zaoui ... Yasmina
Farida Bouaazaoui Farida Bouaazaoui ... Karima
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Storyline

In a remote and primitive patriarchal village between the North of Africa and the Middle East, the land has dried and the women traditionally bring water from a distant fountain to their houses while the idle husbands drink tea in the bar. The educated Leïla, who is the wife of the local teacher Sami, begins a sex strike movement among the women, supported by the elder Vieux Fusil (meaning old flintlock), to force the men to bring water to the village. They must face the strong reaction of the brutal men. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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woman | water | village | well | sex strike | See All (27) »

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Comedy | Drama

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Details

Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France | Belgium | Italy

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fonte das Mulheres See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (UK)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The basic premise of the plot, the withholding of sexual relations by women to force their menfolk to do something, is first noted in the play, 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes. Several versions of "Lysistrata" have been filmed for cinemas and television, with the most recent being Chi-Raq (2015) by Spike Lee. See more »

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Aïn Zoura
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Performed by Mohamed Laaroussi
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Strong and very moving struggle
8 June 2013 | by AvidClimberSee all my reviews

The Source is an excellent Arabic movie about the social modernization of the Maghreb back country, that westerners can easily associate with.

The good. Powerful subjects. Extremely compelling story, touching and full of emotions. Tightly built scenario. Nice B and C stories. Very realistic characters. Actual setting, nothing fake.

The bad. Nothing.

The ugly. Nothing.

The result. Many can enjoy this flick, but highly recommended to anyone who like social justice, grass root non-violent movements, or tales set in a simple village. Not recommended to those who like slick movies.


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