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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

Cast

Hafsia Herzi
as Loubna/Esmeralda
Biyouna
as Vieux Fusil
Malek Akhmiss
as Soufiane
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Critic Reviews for The Source (La source des femmes)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

The good intentions are obvious, but a bit more crunch is sorely needed.

May 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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 Leïla Bekhti as the headstrong strike-leader and Biyouna as a formidable widower.

May 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Total Film

Often rather moving...

May 20, 2012 | Full Review…
Observer (UK)

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.

May 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
The List

This populist parable draws intriguing battle lines between the sexes, but then forgets what it was supposed to be fighting about.

May 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Guardian

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.

May 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Financial Times

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