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La sainteté (2013)

Areej, a pregnant, young Saudi widow, will endure anything to protect her unborn child. A bold story about going against social customs, and trying to establish a friendship between men and... See full summary »

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Ahd

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Ahd
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Ahd ... Areej
Mohammed Baker Mohammed Baker ... Abdullah
Mohammed Osman Mohammed Osman ... Ali
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Areej, a pregnant, young Saudi widow, will endure anything to protect her unborn child. A bold story about going against social customs, and trying to establish a friendship between men and women in a community that insists on gender segregation.

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France | Saudi Arabia

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Arabic

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8 January 2013 (France) See more »

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Sanctity See more »

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Medium length Saudi message piece.
30 June 2013 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The director appears as a pregnant widow, forbidden by her society to contact men or leave the house while in mourning. Her grasping brother in law Baker, on the other side of the opened door assures her that he is owed a large sum.

She finds teen age Yemeni Osman injured in the street and (implausibly) takes him in and treats his wound. He re-appears with groceries and claims to be a street flower seller. Though she manages to establish that he is really a hashish pusher, she continues to shelter him but the mean brother in law finds out. Open ending.

Effective 'scope filming and performances. Intriguing as an example of Saudi film making and as convincing special pleading. Fitted right into the local Arab Film Festival program.


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