Satin Rouge (2002)

Satin Rouge



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Saida Ben Mahmoud, Raja Amari
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 27, 2003
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site



as Lilia

as Lilia's Neighbor

as Cabaret Owner

as Uncle Bechir
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Critic Reviews for Satin Rouge

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (24)

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

Full Review… | November 22, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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