Mehdi Ben Attia
Claudia Cardinale as Sara
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan as Malik
Salim Kechiouche as Bilal
Driss Ramdi as Hakim
Ramla Ayari as Siryne
Ali Mrabet as Wassim
Abir Bennanni as Leila
Lotfi Dziri as Abdelaziz
Hosni Khaled as Moncef
Director: Mehdi Ben Attia
Screenplay by Mehdi Ben Attia and Oliver Laneurie
Producers: Anne-Cecile Berthomeau, Fares Ladjimi, Edourad Mauriat
Co-Producer: Denis Delcampe
Music: Karol Beffa
Cinematography: Sofian El Fani
Film Editing: Chantal Hymans
Production Design: Raouf Hiloui
Costume Design: Jean Marc Mirete
Art Department: Bessem Marzouk
Le Fil or The String follows Malik, a gay, French-Tunisian man, and his relationship with his mother, Sara, a bourgeoisie, French woman who married Abdelaziz, Malik's father. Abdelaziz died four months before the film takes place and in this time period Malik had been away in France studying architecture. Malik has a tense relationship with his mother and suffers from intense anxiety, wherein whenever he experiences a panic attack he believes himself to be attached by a string in his back that he thinks could strangle him. When he arrives back in Tunis he decides to come out to his mother, yet stalls continually due to his anxiety. While in Tunis he falls in love with his Sara's handyman, Bilal. The story escalates from here as Sara finds Bilal and Malik in bed together and goes through her own trials to finally accept Malik as a gay man.
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