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The Wedding Song (2010)

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Karin Albou

Tunis, 1942. Nour and Myriam, 16, have been friends since childhood. They share the same house in a modest neighborhood where Jews and Muslims live in harmony. Each girl secretly desires the other's life, while Nour regrets that she doesn't go to school, … see full wiki

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Director: Karin Albou
1 review about The Wedding Song (2010)

Two Women

  • Jan 28, 2010
Rating:
+5
"The Wedding Song" ("Le chant des mariees")

Two Women

Amos Lassen

Set in 1942 in German Occupied Tunisia, "The Wedding Song", Karin Albou's ("La Petite Jerusalem") new feature film shows how the Germans attempt to win Tunisian support by promising independence to the country. Nour (Olympe Borvel) is 16 and is a Muslim engaged to her cousin Khaled (Najib Oudghiri). Her best friend Myriam (Lizzie Bouchere), is Jewish and the German occupation has caused hard times and tension of the Jewish population of the country. Myriam wants the love that her friend has for Khaled but she herself is engaged to a wealthy, much older doctor, Raoul (Simon Abkarian) who has been forced to work (against his will) for the Nazi occupation. Myriam does not like Raoul at all. Khaled is not much better than Raoul and in fact, the marriage has been temporarily called off because Khaled cannot find a job. Nazi anti-Semitism looms over the entire situation and the once peaceful relationship between Muslim and Jew is beginning to disintegrate and threatens the relationship between the two girls.
The film is visually beautiful as muted colors mix with earth tones and the mixture of Jewish and Muslim folk tunes enhances it. The film is historically accurate and the acting is superb. Dealing with human experiences, the film is both an anthropological and a sociological look at war time. It looks at the themes of war, class, race and religion and we watch powerful women coming together to take control of their destinies. Albou explores love and identity through the use of the female body and shows us the rights of women. The film is subtlety erotic and the bond between the two girls is a compelling love story that is brought to test by anti-Semitic propaganda and animosity for French colonists. The girls look to each other for emotional strength. Yet we are reminded that the female body is always the property of men and here come together cruelty and tenderness is a way seldom seen on the screen.

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