Mustapha Adouani as Ameur
Yacoub Bchiri as Levy
Wasilla Chaouki as Sejra
Mohammed Dhrif as Azaiez
Khaled Ksouri as Farfat
Imed Maalal as Hachemi
Sonia Mansour as Amina
Mouna Noureddine as Nefissa
Written by Nouri Bouzid
Edited by Mika Ben Miled
Cinematography by Youssef Ben Youssef
Hachemi, a young bridegroom, prepares for his wedding while painful memories of the past haunt him. His best friend, Farfat, is the topic of local gossip as his manhood is called into question. This gossip brings up painful memories for Hachemi, because unknown to anyone else in the community, the two friends were molested by the local carpenter, Ameur. While Farfat is banished from his home, the secret lies between the two friends and threatens to uproot Hachemi’s upcoming wedding and their lives in this painful drama that violently explores homosexuality and child abuse.
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