La Boite Magique (The Magic Box) (Tunisia: 2002)


Ridha Behi

Cast list

Marianne Basler as Lou

Abdellatif Kechiche as Raouf

Hichem as Mansour

Lotfi Bouchnak as Father

Medhi Rebii as Raouf(child)


Written by Ridha Behi

Produced by Malik Bencheghib

Edited by France Duez

Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis

Music by Lotfi Bouchnak and Ionel Petroi


Raouf is a filmmaker from Tunisia who has been asked by a French production company to make a film about his love of the movies. While he works on the script, the director continuously argues with his wife who is, ironically, also French. She feels like she has never been accepted by, her husband's native land turns to alcohol to escape her loneliness and feelings of isolation. The film intermingles Raouf’s past childhood memories with his present endeavors.


Lee Marshall, The Magic Box (Sandouk Ajab) (Online Magazine)

David Stratton, Review: The Magic Box (Online Magazine)

Ken Rudolph, 2002-3 Winter Film Journal (Blog)

Armes, Roy. "Cinemas of the Maghreb." Black Camera 1.1 (2009): 5-29. Web.

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