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The Source (La source des femmes)

The Source
  • 2011
  • Belguim/Italy/France
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Radu Mihaileanu
  • Written by: Alain-Michel Blanc, Radu Mihaileanu
  • Cast: Leila Bekhti, Hafisa Herzi, Biyouna
  • Language: Arabic
  • UK release: 18 May 2012
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In a drought-ridden village somewhere between Africa and the Middle East, the men do little while the women are expected to fetch the water in sweltering heat; eventually, Leila (Bekhti) organises a revolt. What could have been a one-dimensional tale deepens into something more considered, told with engaging warmth.

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The Source

18 May 20123 stars

A sincere story of the struggle for female emancipation in an African village

You could easily dismiss The Source as a simplistic, sentimental fare but the latest film from director Radu Mihaileanu (The Concert, Live And Become etc.) is told with such warmth and sincerity that it is hard to resist. The struggle for female…

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