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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Les Secrets

Les Secrets (2009)
Dir:Raja Amari
Country:Tunisia
Run Time:98mins

The film tells the story of Radia (Bel Hassen Probes), Aicha (Hafsia Herzi), and their mother (Wassila Dari) who live outside of the world in an abandoned house. For Raja Amari, this house is more than just scenery. "It's a real character in this story and not just a place. This house is also involved in the drama of this story, since it is a place where they can hide. There's the upstairs and the downstairs. It may in some way be a metaphor for a particular social condition," said Raja Amari to GettyImages.fr. In this house, Radia, Aicha and their mother worked as domestics. Their routine changes on the day a young couple moves into what the director sees as "a fairytale place" or "a haunted castle". The three women hide their existence from the newcomers for fear of attracting attention to their situation and to be thrown out. Indeed, they hide a dark secret. "I just shot sequentially (...) That's how we could work out the evolution of each character," declares Raja Amari, writer and also director of "Eddowaha.

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