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The Magic Box (2002)

La boîte magique (original title)
Tunisia today - Raouf, a well known filmmaker, is deeply unhappy about his disintegrating relationship with his French wife. She rejects the confinement in which she feels she's been ... See full summary »

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Ridha Behi

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Ridha Behi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Lou
Abdellatif Kechiche ... Raouf as Adult (as Abdelatif Kechiche)
Hichem Rostom Hichem Rostom ... Mansour
Lotfi Bouchnak Lotfi Bouchnak ... Father
Medhi Rebii Medhi Rebii ... Raouf as Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Myrna Maakaron Myrna Maakaron ... Daughter
Samia Rhaiem Samia Rhaiem
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Tunisia today - Raouf, a well known filmmaker, is deeply unhappy about his disintegrating relationship with his French wife. She rejects the confinement in which she feels she's been prisoner for too long, far from her homeland. She's bitter and fed up and the atmosphere at home is tense. A European television channel commissions Raouf to make a film about the relationship between children and cinema. This leads him to make an intense and nostalgic reverie about his childhood spent in Kairouan. Torn between his oppressive father, an authoritarian and religious person unwilling to make any concessions, and his irresistible discovery of cinema, a universe of dreams and freedom, Raouf experiences his first emotions and desire for rebellion. He's supported and accompanied by his maternal uncle, Mansour, a roaming projectionist who lives in the town's brothel. He initiates young Raouf to the ways of love, to life. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France | Tunisia

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 June 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanduk ajab See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Official submission of Tunisia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. See more »

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Nice scenes about Tunisia but sometimes too mannered.
5 November 2002 | by chimieSee all my reviews

This movie seems to slog to be very deep and seedy - but IMHO there is not so much message in it, however it shows spectacular images about the life of Tunisia in the fifties. Medhi Rebii and Hichem Rostom acts quite convincingly.


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