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Parfum de printemps (2016)

Once upon a time (in 2010 - to be more exact), there was a naive young man called Zizou, who came to a magic city (Tunis, to be more precise) where, on a popular souk and after some ... See full summary »


Férid Boughedir


Taoufik Jebali (dialogue), Férid Boughedir (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Zied Ayadi Zied Ayadi ... Aziz Sayeb dit Zizou
Sarra Hannachi Sarra Hannachi ... Aïcha (as Sara Hanachi)
Fatima Ben Saïdane Fatima Ben Saïdane ... Salouha (as Fatma Ben Saïdane)
Zied Touati Zied Touati ... Adel
Taoufik El Bahri Taoufik El Bahri ... Hamma (as Taoufik Bahri)
Aïcha Ben Ahmed Aïcha Ben Ahmed ... Khadija
Wajiha Jendoubi Wajiha Jendoubi ... Chedlia
Ikram Azouz Ikram Azouz ... Sadok (as Ikram Azzouz)
Abdelmonem Chouaiet Abdelmonem Chouaiet ... Fathi
Jamel Sassi Jamel Sassi ... Syndicato
Aissa Harrath Aissa Harrath ... Hadj Omar
Max Journo Max Journo ... Le bijoutier-brocanteur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Férid Boughedir Férid Boughedir ... Le chef de la brigade financière
Yahi Freidi Yahi Freidi ... Bechir
Om Haffa Om Haffa ... La vieille paysanne


Once upon a time (in 2010 - to be more exact), there was a naive young man called Zizou, who came to a magic city (Tunis, to be more precise) where, on a popular souk and after some vexations, he found both work and a couple of friends named Adel, Hamma, Sindicato, Hadj Omar.... But life was not easy for all that as there were also villains (henchmen of power, Islamic fundamentalists and other mafiosi - to be more explicit) who alternately lured him to their sides, causing our gullible hero to endure blows, slaps and humiliations galore. Of course, there is no fairy tale without a pure, selfless love and a pure, selfless love did arise when Zizou, working a roof, caught sight of the most beautiful creature he had ever seen. Unfortunately Aicha, the new princess of his heart, was confined in a house against her will by a gang of dangerous mafiosi. With such an obstacle to overcome, would the young man manage to save the belle, end up marrying her and live happily after? All the more as... Written by Guy Bellinger

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20 April 2016 (France) See more »

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Tunis, Tunisia See more »

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Tunisia's Arab Spring meets Being There, Zelig, Forrest Gump
16 April 2016 | by frimp13See all my reviews

This is a charming, somewhat picaresque comedy about a naive, but partially college-educated Tunisian hayseed (complete with the ridiculous straw hat) named Aziz (quickly nicknamed "Zizou") who comes to Tunis just before the Arab Spring and becomes much wiser to the ways of the world as events unfold in his own life and in Tunisian politics.

At first, Zizou is repeatedly hustled & used by various business, political & religious factions in Tunis, but he eventually falls in with an interesting crowd of characters in the souk (the open-air market) and begins working as a TV/satellite technician, a position that takes him into the homes of many in Tunis, some of them quite powerful.

A large cast of interesting & believable male & female characters plus some beautiful seaside scenery make this a believable world that the audience wants to live in and explore. That's important because the plot is underdeveloped and the protagonist is generally quite passive.

With the exception of a key subplot involving his attempts to rescue a beautiful woman imprisoned by the regime, the main character is largely afloat in the city, buffeted by the seas of the social change around him, as well as the machinations of others. But like Forrest Gump, Zelig, and Chauncy Gardner, he often ends up in the right place at the right time and often says or does something critical to the events that take place.

Although not groundbreaking, this is a likable film that offers an off- beat, rather light-hearted (but thoughtful & nuanced) take on the Arab Spring in Tunisia.

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