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Satin Rouge (2002)



Critic Consensus: Abbass shines at the center of this sensuous and vibrant film.

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An attractive widow just edging into middle age begins to explore a new side of her personality once she's on her own in this drama from Tunisia. After the death of her husband, Lilia (Hiam Abbass) finds herself at a loss for what to do with her life. Her teenage daughter, Salma (Hend El Fahem), is just old enough to be developing a life of her own, and is too busy with school and her friends to spend much time with her mother. Lilia fills the days by watching television and obsessively cleaning her home, but she feels lonely and out of sorts. Lilia begins to suspect that Salma is dating an older man, and one evening, after Salma's dancing class, she spies her leaving with a musician named Chokri (Maher Kamoun). Lilia discovers that Chokri performs at a nightclub featuring a troupe of belly dancers, and she goes to the club one night to confront him. Lilia is initially embarrassed by the boisterous atmosphere of the cabaret and the scanty dress of the dancers, but she soon finds herself drawn into the devil-may-care attitude of the patrons and performers. Lilia also finds herself becoming fascinated with belly dancing, and begins learning how to perform the sensuous dances herself; in time, she becomes a performer at the club and finds herself drawn into a relationship with Chokri. Satin Rouge was the first feature from writer and director Raja Amari.


Faouzia Badr
as Lilia's Neighbor
Abou Moez El Fazaa
as Cabaret Owner
Salah Miled
as Uncle Bechir
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Critic Reviews for Satin Rouge

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (21)

Though far from perfect -- the film is predictable -- Satin Rouge is a refreshing view of a foreign culture.

November 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a weepy, nail-biting story line that's all too familiar, although Abbass portrays her character with strong conviction and carries the film gracefully.

November 15, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

There are many scenes of belly dancing, pure pleasure to watch.

November 1, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.

November 1, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman.

October 31, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A movie that has charm but shows weaknesses not uncommon for a novice director.

October 17, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Satin Rouge

Nice light film. The plot is predictable but nonetheless..not a complete waste of time.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


An interesting movie. Hiam Abbass stars.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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