Beauty and the Dogs
aka Aala Kaf Ifrit
aka La Belle et la meute
First screened in October 2017
Director: Kaouther Ben Hania. Cast: Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomane Hamda, Mohamed Akkari, Chedly Arfaoui, Anissa Daoud, Mourad Gharsalli, Neder Ghouati. Screenplay: Kaouther Ben Hania (based loosely on the novel Guilty of Having Been Raped by Meriem Ben Mohamed and Ava Djamshidi).

Twitter Capsule: Beat by beat, could use more polish; cast a mixed bag. But core story is powerful and the staging is ambitious.

VOR:   Critiques of patriarchal state apply almost everywhere but also have Tunisian-specific nuances. Long takes impressive, if not strictly necessary.

Photo © 2017 Oscilloscope/Cinétéléfilms/Tanit Films/
Laika Film & Television/Film i Väst/Chimney/Commune Image

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

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