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Clay Dolls
(Arais al tein)

by Nouri BOUZID

Omrane, about forty, a former house servant, feels freed when he becomes a purveyor of house-maids, “general helps”, whom he transports on his delivery tricycle from his home village to place them with families of upstarts recently settled in the so-called posh districts of the Greater Tunis. He guarantees to their mothers that he will be the guardian of the girls’ virtue.

Rebeh, a wild beauty, the most exuberant among his recruits, overwhelmed by hard domestic chores, feeling gradually snatched by the breeze of the pleasures of life and by the wind of freedom, takes the French leave.

Omrane goes to look for her through the city. Riding his delivery tricycle, he is accompanied by Fedhah, a nine-year-old new recru it, awaiting a job. Moulding the clod of clay she keeps in her bundle of clothes, modelling dolls of clay which she crushes once she had finished them, the small girl discovers the city. When Omrane finds Rebeh, he discovers that she is pregnant. Her life is turned upside down. Rebeh, Fedhah and Omrane will build strong, strange and enigmatic relations…

  • Titre français
    Poupées d’argile
  • Original title
    Arais al tein
  • Titre international
    Clay Dolls
  • Scénario
    Nouri Bouzid
  • Photo
    Tarek Ben Abdallah
  • Montage
    Caroline Emery, Anita Fernandez, Ingrid Ralet, Benoît Bruwier
  • Son
    Faouzi Thabet
  • Musique
    Rabii Zamouri
  • Interprétation
    Hend Sabri, Ahmed Hafiane, Oumeyma Bel Hafsia, Lotfi Abdelli
  • Production
    Nouveau Regard, CTV Films, ANPA, Canal Horizons, Touza Productions, Soread 2 M
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage

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