Le rêve de Noura
Noura and Lassad’s delicate love story turns into a nightmare when Noura’s husband Sofiane is unexpectedly released from prison, days before their divorce is finalised.
Dir-Scr Hinde Boujemaa
Prod Imed Marzouk, Tatjana Kozar, François d’Artemare
With Hend Sabri, Lofti Abdelli, Hakim Boumassoudi
Sales Wild Bunch International
With English subtitles
Noura (played by veteran Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabri) is vulnerable and the precariousness of her situation is key to Hinde Boujemaa’s assured and compelling feature debut. Sofiane’s release brings a volatile undercurrent of violence into the home she built for their three children. His return to petty crime has fewer legal implications than the consequences of Noura’s infidelity. The tinderbox is sparked when Sofiane pieces things together and sets out to disgrace Lassad. Will Noura survive the pressure? Will the lovers survive the humiliation? Boujemaa weaves a tense and complex web. In doing so, she emphasises the fragility of a woman’s position in the Tunisian legal system, as well as reflecting on questions of masculinity, power, corruption and domestic violence.