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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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A great writer/director I've never seen
14 April 2013 | by rowmorgSee all my reviews

The sing-song politics of North Africa was beautifully used to express the position of the rebel women. They dressed up in their traditional outfits, danced and sang to let their men "have it" about not getting it. I loved this soulful picture, with no cars, no electricity and completely ethnic village surroundings. It was hilarious when, half-way through, the senior character was seen riding her mule (with a foal in the basket) and talking on a mobile phone in the middle of the desert. There was also a mobile phone in the yard of Leila's house, but it only worked in one place, and hung on a line with nobody allowed to move it. Top marks to this team for their writing, directing and acting, combining to make a powerful and yet charming film. I hope I get to see his next work.


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