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

Director

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

Credits

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...Cinematographer

Isabelle 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

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

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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