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A film from Tunisia is what Ranjan recommends this week!

HEDI (2016, Tunisia) tackles the story of a shy young Tunisian car salesman whose domineering mother arranges a match for him to a girl whom he begins to like. But when he is sent to a different city on an office assignment, he meets a well-travelled, independent woman who works as a freelance dancer at the hotel and abroad – and they enter into a passionate relationship that helps him to overcome his awkwardness. As his marriage approaches and relatives gather for the imminent ceremony, he is required to take a call…

This impressive debut film by Mohamed Bin Attia has Dardenne Brothers as one of its producers, and the influence is obvious: It displays the same narrative urgency and political subtext that mark all of Dardenne Brothers’ films. This film, and another of his – DEAR SON (2018) is playing on MUBI.

Ranjan das is a Mumbai based filmmaker and faculty.

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Rajendra Bora
Rajendra Bora
Oct 01, 2021

Ranjan Das created curiosity to watch the film.

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