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Arab Blues (PG) WOW Film Festival
Arab Blues (PG) WOW Film Festival

Tuesday 10 March at 7.45pm

Tickets - £4.50, WOW season pass - £16

 

Director: Manele Labidi Labbé

Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Majd Mastoura, AïchaBen Miled

France, 2019, 1 hour 28 minutes, subtitles

A fresh, comic portrait of a woman returning home determined that she has something to offer that people need. Selma wants to open a psychotherapy practice in Tunis, where though people love to talk about their problems, no one thinks they’ll pay to be listened to. She has to navigate a confusing bureaucratic circus with a strapping cop watching her every move, while her family are more hindrance than help. But Selma soon enlists the support of a local hairdresser. This is a wry, slyly effective satire of entrenched traditions. With her fine comic timing Iranian star Farahani proves a subtly magnetic lead, ably backed by a colourful supporting cast of mostly female allies and antagonists.

 

“Via a colourful array of characters . . . , first-time writer-director Manele Labidi packs a lot of affectionate observations into compact running time.”     Screen International

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