Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song)

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Set during the Nazi occupation of Tunisia in 1942, this sweeping war drama follows two teenage girls, one Jewish and one Muslim, as they struggle with their wedding plans, as well as poverty, political upheaval and religious differences. Lizzie Brocheré, Olympe Borval.

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  • With intimacy and sensuality, Albou explores what it means to be a woman and the bonds that women form with each other in an increasingly precarious situation.

    Nov 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The bond between Brocheré and Borval is more physical than verbal; they often seem on the verge of a deep, soulful lip-lock, but since neither character is developed satisfactorily, it's hard to develop a rooting interest in...their friendship.

    Oct 29, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

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  • Writer-director Karin Albou (who plays the mother of the Jewish bride) has a sensuous, intimate filmmaking style that overrides The Wedding Song's more precariously loaded plot parallels.

    Oct 28, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • This seductively fluid and tactile drama explores love and identity through the prism of the female body and the rights of its owner.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • An intelligently written and directed story of two 16-year-old girls -- one Jewish and one Muslim -- and their friendship in Tunis during the Nazi occupation in the 1940s.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While a lesser filmmaker might be content to remain within the confines of corrosive zealotry, Albou proves her mettle by using religion as a conduit for exploring women's issues.

    Oct 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song)

The German occupation of Tunisia forms the backdrop for this gritty look at Arab-Jewish relations on a microscopic scale. Two families that live in the same compound try to deal with the harsh realities of war, testing friendships. Excellent, sensitive telling, terrific acting and unrelenting tension made this a most interesting film. The collaboration between the Germans, the French, and the native Arabs, was an aspect of the war that this viewer had been unaware of. No longer.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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There's a lot going on in this film. Perhaps, too much in this story of the Nazi occupation of Tunis in 1942. The friendship of a Jewish and Muslim girl is tested against the actions of their parents and the occupiers. The preparation for marriage scene, Oriental style, is painful to watch and lasts too long. However, this is a very fine film, and should be seen by all who have an interest in the terrible times of World War II.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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