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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 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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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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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 »

Quotes

Vieux Fusil: If you hate just one man, you hate everyone in the community.
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Soundtracks

Daqqa
Traditional
Performed by La Daqqa de Marrakech
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28 April 2013 | by jeromec-2See all my reviews

I don't know what I'm voting on. Lysistrada by Aristophenes was much wittier, but the point of this movie is not wit.

Perhaps I'm voting on the wonder that it was made at all. We in the west have a very different view of what Muslim countries should produce given our media.

This film does not fit into that category. None that I've seen do. None proclaim death to the west. None want to commit murder in the hope of getting multiple virgins as a reward.

None do anything but examine daily life. What was set in Toronto Canada. A second was set in the middle east on the Israeli Lebonon border, a third was made in New York and now this one from North Africa. All of them were gentle films that made comments about the human condition.

And all including this one were well worth seeing. The film is a little long and the music is an acquired taste, but be patient. It will reward a patient viewer.


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Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France | Belgium | Italy

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Morocco

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,605,676
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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