Two women get on the highway heading to Santa Fe. Marilyn dreams of winning a contest held by a famous belly dancing company, while her friend, Mona, has a secret: she's a fugitive from justice - accused of her mother-in-law's death.
Mona (Golshifteh Farahani), 26, an immigrant from North Africa, runs her in-laws' mini market in Chicago. She's married to Mourad, a man who can't stand up to his authoritarian mother. Mona is harassed by her mother-in-law because after five years of marriage, she hasn't been able to get pregnant, something that's considered a shame and a taboo in her culture. Marilyn (Sienna Miller), 29, is a receptionist at a computer repair company. Her marriage with Harvey is on the ropes. The only thing in her life that makes her happy is her belly dance class, a passion shared by Mona. Dancing at family gatherings lifts her spirits up and makes her forget the misery of her daily life. Marilyn shops at Mona's mini-market. They've become friends. One morning, Mona's mother-in-law is found dead in her bed. Mona realizes that she mixed the wrong dose while preparing her medicine. Realizing that she might be accused of murder, Mona runs away and flees Chicago by bus. Marilyn loses her job because of ...Written by
Cohen Media Group
Rachid Bouchareb wanted Latin-pop superstar Shakira for the role of Marilyn but she couldn't fit the role into her busy schedule at the time. See more »
At the 36:35 mark, as Mona is sleeping leaning on the passenger door of the car, in the passenger side mirror can be seen the arm of a crew member in the back seat wearing a white t-shirt. See more »
Written by 'Ahmed Sarhan'
Performed by 'CairoCairo'
Courtesy of Bellydance Superstars, Inc. & CIA Records See more »
PRELUDE TO "AMERICAN WOMAN"
Been looking for this film for awhile. Just purchased copy on Amazon Prime. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SiEnna in this film. Anyone who views her in "Factory Girl" and this film can readily see why any Hollywood director would want her for "American Woman" (2019) Roadside Attractions/Vertical Entertainment. Her portrayal of Marilyn O'Connor here is very reminiscent of her award winning performance in "American Woman" as Deb Callahan. She gives the viewer an enduring image of young struggling women in difficult almost insurmountable difficulties . BRAVO. LIKE. LOVE. SiEnna is a SUPERSTAR. She may have 3 stars on her right shoulder but she gets 10 above her door here. : - ))))
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