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Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990)

Asfour Stah (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Comedy | 1990 (USA)
A coming-of-age comedy/drama set in Tunisia. Twelve-year-old Noura is an impressionable boy who must learn to reconcile two conflicting worlds - the loving world of Muslim women and the ... See full summary »

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Férid Boughedir
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Selim Boughedir Selim Boughedir ... Noura
Mustapha Adouani Mustapha Adouani ... Si Azzouz
Rabia Ben Abdallah Rabia Ben Abdallah ... La Jamila
Mohamed Driss Mohamed Driss ... Salih (as Mohammed Driss)
Hélène Catzaras Hélène Catzaras ... Latifa
Fatma Ben Saïdane Fatma Ben Saïdane ... Salouha
Abdelhamid Gayess Abdelhamid Gayess ... Cheick Mohktar
Jamel Sassi Jamel Sassi ... Moncef
Radhouane Meddeb Radhouane Meddeb ... Mounir
Carolyn Chelby Carolyn Chelby ... Leila
Zahira Ben Ammar Zahira Ben Ammar ... La matrone
Fethi Haddaoui Fethi Haddaoui ... Khemais
Aissa Harrath Aissa Harrath ... Ali
Taoufik Chabchoub Taoufik Chabchoub ... Colombo
Slah Msadek Slah Msadek ... Le boucher et l'ogre
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A coming-of-age comedy/drama set in Tunisia. Twelve-year-old Noura is an impressionable boy who must learn to reconcile two conflicting worlds - the loving world of Muslim women and the vastly different, harsher world of men - while also dealing with his own budding sexuality. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Drama | Comedy

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Official Sites:

International Film Circuit

Country:

Tunisia | France | Italy

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces See more »

Filming Locations:

Halfaouine, Tunis, Tunisia See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Lumière and Company (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Moineau des terrasses
Lyrics by Nouri Rouzid
Written and Performed by Anouar Braham
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Surprisingly similar to American sex comedies...
9 July 2008 | by theskulI42See all my reviews

"Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces" (1990, Ferid Boughedir)

Apparently puberty's the same for everybody, everywhere.

Transcending time and place, date and setting, the film is a coming-of-age tale far from the thematically similar Tunisian entry "The Silences of the Palace", which depicting in scorching detail the plight of the woman in this society and her expectory burden of rape and sexual favors, "Halfaouine" depicts male-female Tunisian relations as much like our own American, with a lot of strong and knowing females and the lascivious lunkhead sweethearts who love them. Into this world is twelve-year-old Noura, endeavoring on a quest to understand the world of women, how to be a man, relationships, and above all, to see boobs.

Now, this is not the demented and disgusting brilliance of something like "Leolo", and it's not any outrageous or controversial endeavor on the level of "Maladolescenza" or "Murmur of the Heart", but its intent is to be breezy entertaining, not to get people talking about it in shocked whispers to their friends. The film has a solid grasp for both a good punchline (for instance, when a womanizer gives a young boy advice on how to get with women, the film cuts directly to the boy getting punished for harassing local girls) and a good visual joke (as when a street argument is cooled as the participants find a common bond: ogling a woman as she saunters away), functioning as little more than mindless entertainment.

It fails to be overly notable outside of surprising me how comfortable Tunisia is with nudity, as the film is filled to the brim with it. Lead actor Selim Boughedir is not only sort of dumb-looking, but also only seems to have two facial expressions: A blank slate and a sheepish grin. The rest of the characters are ill-defined, and most of the women, with the except his town-temptress aunt, are more notable for their bodies than their lives, which, it could be argued, is somewhat appropriate, considering the movie's title character is a horny, inexperienced twelve-year-old.

In the end, it's a harmless bit a fluff, a sex comedy with broad characters and a surplus of nudity, and more than anything else, I think it's nice to know that no matter where you're from, be it the suburbs of Michigan, the neighborhoods of Paris or the streets of Tunisia, every boy around the world just wants to get a little action.

{Grade: 7.5/10 (B-) / #15 (of 24) of 1990}


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