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The String (2009)

Le fil (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 12 May 2010 (France)
Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have ... See full summary »

Director:

Mehdi Ben Attia

Writers:

Mehdi Ben Attia (screenplay), Olivier Laneurie (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Cardinale ... Sara
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ... Malik (as Antonin Stahly)
Salim Kechiouche ... Bilal
Driss Ramdi Driss Ramdi ... Hakim
Ramla Ayari Ramla Ayari ... Siryne
Ali Mrabet Ali Mrabet ... Wassim (as Ali M'Rabet)
Abir Bennani Abir Bennani ... Leïla
Rihab Mejri Rihab Mejri ... Wafa
Lotfi Dziri ... Abdelaziz
Hosni Khaled Hosni Khaled ... Moncef
Anissa B'Diri Anissa B'Diri ... Aida (as Anissa Bediri)
Djaouida Vaughan Djaouida Vaughan ... Frida (as Djaouida Tamzali Vaughan)
Nejia Zemni Nejia Zemni ... La grand-mère de Malik
Mohamed Grayaâ Mohamed Grayaâ ... Le fou de la plage (as Mohamed Grayaa)
Hakim Boumsaoudi Hakim Boumsaoudi ... Le premier amant
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Storyline

Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have resurfaced. But all of Malik's problems seem to fade away when he falls for Bilal, the dreamy houseboy at his mother's bourgeois estate. Written by Outfest Film Festival

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Taglines:

A Scorching Romance

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Belgium | Tunisia

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

12 May 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,427
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La Bambola
(reprise)
Written by Ruggero Cini, Franco Migliacci (as Francesco Migliacci) and Bruno Zambrini
Performed by Imen Cherif, Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan, Ramla Ayari and Abir Bennani
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Why must everyone be beautiful?
1 February 2011 | by brucelei-1See all my reviews

This is actually a very good film. the plot-line is intelligent and interesting; it is well acted, directed, and filmed. Its major flaw is that, like most gay oriented films, the major characters are all beautiful. This film deals with real social problems that should be able to move gay audiences particularly, but also a straight public. Why, then, must the action be transported to the realm of the beautiful people, whom the majority of the audience can envy and even empathize with to some extent, but somehow not quite identify with? Having the action take place in beautiful surroundings among beautiful people is, of course, not limited to films that treat gay issues. But it seems to be endemic in films with gay social content, and in that sense, it is particularly harmful. What gay audiences need to see, and what straight people interested in gay issues also need to see, are gay social issues treated as taking place among average looking people in average looking surroundings. These are everyday issues touching the lives of the large majority of gay people. They are not abstractions; they are painful realities. This is no place for physical idealization. The issues are too serious for this type of useless, distracting decoration.


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