La Saison des Hommes (The Season of Men) (Tunisia: 2000)


Moufida Tlatli

Cast list

Rabia Ben Abdallah...Aicha
Sabah Bouzouita...Zeineb
Ghalia Benali...Meriem
Hend Sabri...Emna
Ezzedine Gannoun...Said
Mouna Noureddine...Matriarch
Azza Baaziz...Young Meriem
Lilia Falkat...Young Emna
Adel Hergal...Aziz
Houyem Rassaa...Zohra
Kaouther Bel Haj Ali...Fatma
Néjib Belkadhi...Sami
Jamal Madani...Younes
Sadok Boutouria...Am Ali
Zakia Ben Ayed...Regaya
Meherzia Ben Nasser...Mahbouba
Ikram Azouz...Slimane
Ahmed Hafiene...Ghali
Ali Kherimi...Nabil
Leïla Chebbi...Salha
Wajiha Jendoubi...Salwa
Habiba Soussi...Ftima
Tarek Zammouri...Hamed
Gueith Barkallah...Faycal


Dora Bouchoucha Fourati...Executive Producer
Nathalie Nghet...Executive Producer
Margaret Ménégoz...Producer
Mohamed Tlatli...Producer, Writer
Nouri Bouzid...Writer
Anouar Brahem...Music
Youssef Ben Youssef...CinematographerIsabelle Devinck...Editor
Claire Le Villain...Editor
Marie Liotard...Editor
Naama Mejri...Editor
Nadia Anane...Costume Designer
Claude Bennys...Costume Designer
Mouna ben Abda...Makeup Artist
Fatma Jaziri...Makeup Artist
Mourad Louanchi...Sound Editor
Faouzi Thabet...Sound


This film looks at two generations of women living on the island of Djerba, where the men return from trading for only one month of the year. Aicha, in opposition to tradition, joins her husband Said in Tunis under the condition that she provide him a son after having two daughters. However, the son she births, Aziz, turns out to be autistic and their marriage falls apart under the strain. Returning to Said’s family home, Aicha struggles with her controlling mother-in-law, the frustration and loneliness of Djerba, and her memories of her earlier entrapment there. Following Aicha and her children through both moves, The Season of Men examines the oppression these women face in both environments as they navigate opposing traditional and modern values.


Stephen Holden, Married but Seldom with a Husband. New York Times.

Ken Fox, The Season of Men. TV Guide.

Dennis Grunes, The Season of Men (Moufida Tlatli, 2000). grunes.

Gana, Nouri. “Bourguiba’s Sons: Melancholy Manhood in Modern Tunisian Cinema.” The Journal of North African Studies 15.1 (2010): 105-26.

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