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The Source (2011)

La source des femmes (original title)
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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Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

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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Essawa - musique soufi de Meknes
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Brilliant, delicate, delicious, poetic.
30 December 2011 | by antoniatejedabarrosSee all my reviews

A brilliant, delicate, delicious & poetic movie. The music (composed by Armand Amar) is superb. Radu Mihaileanu knows to picture the tragedy with a big touch of love and hope. The movie denounces the injustices that live the majority of women in the Arab countries, with a touch of beauty and comedy. Radu Mihaileanu shows us that to change the reality without violence is still possible in this violence world. Another jewel from this amazing director who surprised us in the past with incredibly beautiful and powerful movies such as "Train the vie" (1998), "Va, vis et deviens" (2005) and "Le concert" (2009). Antonia Tejeda Barros (Madrid, Spain).


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