ARAB BLUES

A film by Manele Labidi

Cast : Golshifteh Farahani

2019 / comedy. drama / France / original title : UN DIVAN A TUNIS / 88’ / Color / status : completed / French / 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

Press

“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

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