Arab Blues

Selma, a psychoanalyst, deals with a cast of colorful new patients after returning home to Tunisia to open a practice.

Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Selma: Golshifteh Farahani
  • Raouf: Hichem Yacoubi
  • Naïm: Majd Mastoura
  • Olfa: Aïsha Ben Miled
  • Amel: Ramla Ayari
  • Baya: Feryel Chammari
  • …: Moncef Anjegui
  • Nour: Najoua Zouhair
  • Fares: Jamel Sassi
  • Meriem: Rim Hamrouni
  • Ferid: Mhadheb Rmili

Film Crew:

  • Director of Photography: Laurent Brunet
  • Casting: Aurélie Guichard
  • Script Consultant: Maud Ameline
  • Music: Flemming Nordkrog
  • Editor: Yorgos Lamprinos
  • Associate Producer: Amaury Ovise
  • Producer: Jean-Christophe Reymond
  • Co-Producer: Olivier Père
  • Makeup Artist: Sylvie Aid
  • Production Design: Raouf Hiloui
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Samuel Aïchoun
  • Sound Editor: Jérôme Gonthier
  • Producer: Serge Hayat
  • Costume Designer: Hyat Luszpinski
  • Sound Engineer: Olivier Dandré
  • Casting: Salem Daldoul
  • Production Design: Mila Preli
  • Director: Manele Labidi
  • Boom Operator: Sabri Thabet

Movie Reviews:

  • Tejas Nair: Arab Blues (A Couch in Tunis) is an instantly likeable film. Its opening shot – about an old man’s description of who Sigmund Freud might be from his looks – is charming and so is the story that succeeds it of a young woman (Golshifteh Farahani) coming back to her homeland, Tunisia, from Paris to start a psychoanalysis practice. She knows she will be looked down for it, a testament that she immediately gets from her uncle. But she is independent, courageous, and gritty, and so the film begins. I absolutely loved all the characters and their performances here, especially Farahani, Feryel Chammari, and Aïsha Ben Miled. Each actor is better than the other and I had a sweet time looking at them, delivering beautiful dialogues and acting like it’s real life. The social critique is pregnant here but Arab Blues projects itself as a lively comedy about a woman’s struggle in modern-day Tunis, a state still marred by backward beliefs and customs, something that is common everywhere. With a supporting soundtrack, adequate humour, and the ability to keep you engaged, Arab Blues is easily one of the most pleasant comedies you will see this year. Glad I sat down and considered EUFF. **Grade A-**.

    (Watched at the 2020 European Union Film Festival of India (EUFF).)

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