Cast : Golshifteh Farahani
2019 / comedy. drama / original title : UN DIVAN A TUNIS / 88’ / Color / status : completed / long feature-film
Selma, a psychoanalyst, deals with a cast of colourful new patients after returning home to Tunisia to open a practice.
In this sophisticated comedy, Manele Labidi opens a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads, with a story of contrasts, contradictions and culture clashes, full of vitality and humour.
Production: Kazak Productions
French distribution: Diaphana Distribution
“Via a colourful array of characters still getting their bearings post-Arab Spring, first-time writer-director Manele Labidi packs a lot of affectionate observations into compact running time. Golshifteh Farahani is radiant.”
Screen - Lisa Nesselson
“If Woody Allen were a French-Tunisian woman, he would have made something such as Arab Blues. Golshifteh Farahani has a magnetic and hugely watchable presence.”
The National - James Mottram
“Just like the classic Italian comedies, Arab Blues tells about the country. With a magnificent performance by Golshifteh Farahani.”
Elle Italia - Antonello Catacchio
“A sparkling, hilarious and original comedy, which sheds an absolutely new light on a country still struggling with cultural change. An incredibly alive, fun, intelligent and hopeful film, which never bores. Manele Labidi can be absolutely proud of her work.”
Cinematographe - Giulio Zoppello