Le Fil (The String)
Bound by motherly love, interested in a man that is below him on a social scale, the man is imprisoned by who he is and what he really wants to be.
Set in arid Tunisia, tall, quiet Malik (Antonin Stahly), a 30-year-old Parisian architect, returns to his homeland after the death of his father. He’s greeted warmly by his over-bearing, petulant mother and is immediately confronted with her expectation that he stay and get married.
This now strange world of his youth, his mother’s pressure and his barely hidden homosexuality set off anxiety attacks in Malik, who finally finds relief when he meets the darkly handsome handyman, Balil (Salim Kechiouche). They begin a tentative relationship, but Islamic mores, a still class conscience society, and the ever-presence of his mother threaten their young love.
Starring: Antonin Stahly and Salim Kechiouche
Rating: 5 Stars
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