Arab Blues

Date & Time

Saturday, October 3 (View All Dates)
2:00 pm


City Cinema, 64 King St, Charlottetown

Contact Information

902-368-3637 (Venue)

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PG, coarse language, violence

Dir:  Manele Labidi, France/Tunisia, 2019, 88 min. Golshifteh Farahani, Majd Mastoura, Aïsha Ben Miled

In French and Arabic with English and French subtitles

“A light comedy on a topic you don’t see every day, starring Golshifteh Farahani (Paterson) as radiant yet tough Selma, a Tunis-born psychoanalyst who, having lived in Paris since age 10, has returned to Tunisia to set up a practice in a country where people habitually talk like crazy but not to mental health professionals. Via a colourful array of characters still getting their bearings post-Arab Spring, first-time writer-director Manele Labidi packs a lot of affectionate observations into compact running time.” – Lisa Nesselson, ScreenDaily “Selma comes back to Northern Africa to start a practice in the rooftop apartment of a building belonging to her high-strung aunt and alcoholic uncle, parents to a rebellious teenage daughter. Her family isn’t entirely happy to see her – her uncle says they have God in Tunis, so why do they need talk therapy, while her cousin is just pissed off because she wanted to escape to Paris to live with Selma. Selma is quietly confident, sure of her mission to help people, and not discouraged by either her family nor the bureaucratic nightmare she faces when she tries to open a medical practice in Tunis. She can see the need: a local salon-owner, an Imam, and a man who wants to crossdress are but a few of the patients streaming through her door, along with a dogged cop on her case about her licence. The film is charming and frequently hilarious.” —Carsten Knox, Flaw In The Iris