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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
Art House & International , Drama
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Written By:
Europa Corp


Hafsia Herzi
as Loubna/Esmeralda
Hiam Abbass
as Fatima
as Vieux Fusil
Mohammed Majd
as Hussein
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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2012
Total Film

Often rather moving...

Full Review… | May 20, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
The List

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

Full Review… | May 18, 2012

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.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for The Source (La source des femmes)

The writer clearly sees the nuance of human emotion too subtle for the other "critics" on this page to appreciate. This film clearly conveys a message about several forms of cognitive bias, rarely portrayed in modern film. Women exist separately and are not the slaves to men. Not enough of this message to people. It is important to penetrate the collective psyche with this message. Well done.

Aileen Hutson
Aileen Hutson

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