After years abroad in Paris, Selma returns to Tunis with the dream of opening up her own psychotherapy practice.


Manele Labidi


Maud Ameline (collaboration), Manele Labidi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Golshifteh Farahani ... Selma Derwich
Majd Mastoura ... Naim
Aïsha Ben Miled Aïsha Ben Miled ... Olfa (as Aïcha Ben Miled)
Feryel Chammari Feryel Chammari ... Baya (as Feriel Chamari)
Hichem Yacoubi Hichem Yacoubi ... Raouf
Najoua Zouhair Najoua Zouhair ... Nour - la secrétaire du Ministère de la Santé
Jamel Sassi Jamel Sassi ... Fares - l'imam
Ramla Ayari Ramla Ayari ... Tante Amel
Moncef Ajengui Moncef Ajengui ... Oncle Mourad
Zied Mekki Zied Mekki ... Amor - un policier
Oussama Kochkar Oussama Kochkar ... Chokri - un policier
Mhadheb Rmili Mhadheb Rmili ... Ferid
Rim Hamrouni Rim Hamrouni ... Meriem
Yosra Bouzaiene Yosra Bouzaiene ... Hafifa
Atef Ben Chedly Atef Ben Chedly ... Lobna


After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma (Golshifteh Farahani) has returned to Tunis. Back home, her younger cousin can't figure out why she'd leave the French capital, her aunt is overbearing, and her uncle is only giving her a matter of weeks to crash in the apartment above their house. Selma, nonetheless, is steadfast in her resolve: she wants to open up a psychotherapy practice. So begins the first feature directed and written by Manele Labidi, an incisive comedy about coming home, breaking taboos, and building community. As Selma tries to settle in, she's faced with increasing complications that she couldn't have predicted. There isn't just the matter of finding interested psychotherapy patients in a locale that's not keen on the talking cure, but she also needs to navigate a confusing bureaucratic circus in order to get the right papers to run her practice. On top of all that, a strapping cop, Naim (Majd Mastoura), is keeping a close eye on her every move. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Comedy | Drama


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Award: BNL People's Choice Award (Venice Day, 2019). See more »


Referenced in De quoi j'me mêle!: Episode #1.15 (2020) See more »


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Performed by Fatma Bousseha
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Nice one!
21 February 2020 | by sanchezghpSee all my reviews

This movie will put a big smile on your face. Kuddos to the director for this nice first movie. Wishing her success for the next ones too :)

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France | Tunisia


French | Arabic

Release Date:

12 February 2020 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Arab Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunis, Tunisia See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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