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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 »

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Sara
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ...
Malik (as Antonin Stahly)
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Driss Ramdi ...
Hakim
Ramla Ayari ...
Siryne
Ali Mrabet ...
Wassim (as Ali M'Rabet)
Abir Bennani ...
Leila
Rihab Mejri ...
Wafa
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Abdelaziz
Hosni Khaled ...
Moncef
Anissa B'Diri ...
Aida (as Anissa Bediri)
Djaouida Vaughan ...
Frida (as Djaouida Tamzali Vaughan)
Nejia Zemni ...
La grand-mère de Malik
Mohamed Graïaa ...
Le fou de la plage (as Mohamed Grayaa)
Hakim Boumsaoudi ...
Le premier amant
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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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La Bambola
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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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fun film. Gay interest, in a challenging locale.
1 October 2011 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Our hero returns home to his mother's house and must face issues that he was able to avoid by spending time away. Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan is Malik, a gay man, who keeps running into Mom's servant Bilal, played by Salim Kechiouche. My complaint here is the music. It frequently doesn't reflect the correct mood of what's taking place in the scene. They use eerie violin music in much of the film, even when people are happy, or just driving down the country road. It might be helpful to match the music to the mood of the action or scene. Also, the bit about the string got annoying after a while, even if it IS the title and theme of the film. Don't want to give away spoilers here… we'll just say it all hits the fan, and there are secrets and family members to be faced, in an Islamic country yet. Written, directed, and even a minor role by Mehdi Ben Attia. Attia had only directed a short film prior to this, in 2000. Enjoyable film. Good story, excellent acting. Mostly good subtitles in the TLA version….even if they did skip some bits of the conversation here & there. It's a shame that they did not translate more of what is said in the church... would have been interesting to hear what was said.


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