Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He’s processing his father’s death, he can’t come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have resurfaced. But all of Malik’s problems seem to fade away when he falls for Bilal, the dreamy houseboy at his mother’s bourgeois estate.
Our hero returns home to his mother’s house and must face issues that he was able to avoid by spending time away. Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan is Malik, a gay man, who keeps running into Mom’s servant Bilal, played by Salim Kechiouche. My complaint here is the music. It frequently doesn’t reflect the correct mood of what’s taking place in the scene. They use eerie violin music in much of the film, even when people are happy, or just driving down the country road. It might be helpful to match the music to the mood of the action or scene. Also, the bit about the string got annoying after a while, even if it IS the title and theme of the film. Don’t want to give away spoilers here… we’ll just say it all hits the fan, and there are secrets and family members to be faced, in an Islamic country yet. Written, directed, and even a minor role by Mehdi Ben Attia. Attia had only directed a short film prior to this, in 2000. Enjoyable film. Good story, excellent acting. Mostly good subtitles in the TLA version….even if they did skip some bits of the conversation here & there. It’s a shame that they did not translate more of what is said in the church… would have been interesting to hear what was said.
Director: Mehdi Ben Attia
Writers: Mehdi Ben Attia (screenplay), Olivier Laneurie (screenplay)
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan, Salim Kechiouche
Country: France | Belgium | Tunisia
Language: French | Arabic
Release Date: 12 May 2010 (France)
Also Known As: The String
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 694 MiB
Duration : 1 h 33 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 1 036 kb/s