The Source (La source des femmes) (2011)
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The story takes place in current times, in a small village somewhere between North Africa and the Middle East. The women fetch water from a mountaintop spring in the blazing sun. They've done that since the beginning of time. Leila, a young bride, urges the women to launch a love strike: no more cuddling, no more sex until the men run water into the village. -- (C) Cannes
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The mix of female empowerment and Middle eastern colour is kept just on the right side of schmaltzy by firecracker turns from Le´la Bekhti as the headstrong strike-leader and Biyouna as a formidable widower.
The sheer injustice at the heart of an overlong tale still creates an automatic sympathy for the women, sisters in a way to the women in Made In Dagenham.
This populist parable draws intriguing battle lines between the sexes, but then forgets what it was supposed to be fighting about.
Radu Mihaileanu's update of Lysistrata with overtones of the Arab Spring never settles on a consistent tone; as a result, serious moments lack force and lighter moments feel hollow.
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