Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2018)

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When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques and anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania's BEAUTY AND THE DOGS tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important story head-on. A rare, startling film that is a striking critique on a repressive society and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.

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"Beauty and the Dogs" confronts issues rarely addressed so frankly - at least in this part of the world - with a story that is both powerful and important.

Apr 4, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Alas, this tale of a young rape victim further brutalized by officialdom never lives up to its potential.

Apr 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As Mariam careens between hospitals and police stations, facing bureaucratic indifference and misogyny, the movie's fever pitch begins to feel at odds with its artistry.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Beauty and the Dogs plays like an actual, unending nightmare.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A crescendo of humiliation, anxiety and abuse, "Beauty and the Dogs" plays like a horror movie where every choice is a Catch-22 and every door a trap.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The form doesn't serve the story, and while the overall choreography of actors and camerawork is impressive, it never fully satisfies.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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