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  1. Masha

    Masha Well-Known Member

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    Changing the subject has anyone watched that film: ?
    Beauty and the Dogs
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    Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
    Written by Kaouther Ben Hania

    Beauty and the Dogs is a 2017 French-Tunisian drama film directed by Kaouther Ben Hania. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
    Tunisian female director Kaouther Ben Hania's feature stars a fierce Mariam Al Ferjani as a woman who has to go to the police to report she's been raped by several policemen.
    For her jump from documentary to fiction, Tunisian distaff director Kaouther Ben Hania has chosen both a controversial true story — a woman who was raped by several local policemen has to decide whether to stay silent or report the crime… to the local police — and a stylistic challenge with a clear cinematic edge, chronicling that one long and awful night in nine chapters, each consisting of a single sequence shot.

    It’s a risky and ambitious move that, despite some longueurs and an ensemble that is at times uneven, largely pays off in Beauty and the Dogs (Alaa kaf Ifrit/La belle et la meute), a film that’s an emotional rollercoaster and socio-political tract rolled into one. Indeed, like in her mockumentary The Blade of Tunis, about a slasher out for female buttocks in the Tunisian capital, Ben Hania’s latest explores the very limited freedom of movement accorded to women in a rigidly hierarchical society dominated by men, even when they are faced with unambiguous acts of aggression from said men.

    A Cannes Un Certain Regard berth will help propel this Beauty onto the international festival circuit but this is accessible and (sadly) topical enough to warrant arthouse distribution in territories beyond the Maghreb and co-producing France, where the book on which the film is based, Coupable d’avoir été violé (“Guilty of Having Been Raped”), was published in 2013.

    The film’s lead character is Mariam (Mariam Al Ferjani), a single student who’s attending a university party she helped organize (in the book she was 28 and had a fiancé). At the club, she gossips with her girlfriends, dances and runs into the handsome Youssef (Ghanem Zrelli), with whom she finally goes outside. Ben Hania captures Mariam’s journey from the bathrooms into the club in one fluid Steadicam shot that always stays close to the characters, with the film’s emotionally telling score, by Amine Bouhafa, at a certain point taking over from the pumping diegetic beats and the focus puller similarly doing his part to help tell the story.

    After a fade to black, the film’s second chapter, and second sequence shot, starts with Mariam, eyeliner smeared across her cheeks and with her hair completely unkempt, running outside and Youssef not far behind. Both of them are visibly distressed when a police car drives by. It slowly emerges that Mariam was raped by one or several police officers between chapters one and two and that the clinic she ran to won’t admit her without her ID, which was in her bag that stayed behind in the police car. The fact she even needs a medical certificate at all to prove that she was raped might be a shocker for some Western audiences; here this perversity is compounded by the fact that Mariam requires a statement from the police station in the very area where she was raped before a doctor will even examine her.

    The subsequent chapters thus chronicle Mariam’s odyssey from public hospital rooms to the police station and back, evoking nothing less than the nightmarish descent into the medico-bureaucratic hell of Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, though with added misogyny. Along the way, the gentlemanly Youssef tries to help fend off the boorish law-enforcement officers trying to protect their colleagues and the police’s reputation and the clueless hospital workers who either don’t know how to deal with the situation or who refuse to help when it becomes clear the rape involved the police as the perpetrators. Making matters worse is that the understandably distraught young woman can’t even return home, as the doors of her dorm are locked by 10pm, forcing her to ask Youssef whether she can stay with him, a clear no-go for an unmarried woman in Tunisia.

    What thus emerges is not only a clear sense of Mariam’s specific and very personal ordeal, practically told in real time, but also a larger overview of Tunisian bureaucracy and society, which greatly favors the male point-of-view and males in positions of power, such as doctors and officers, especially. By including female hospital personnel and police in the supporting cast, Ben Hania manages to underline the many subtle differences between the sexes even for people in similar professional positions. It is almost ironic, then, that it is a male character who sympathizes with Mariam’s plight who utters the very political statement: “This entire country’s a prison!” while he’s being dragged off to jail. Complicating matters even further is the fact Mariam wasn’t dressed very modestly for the party — a mishap meant she had to borrow a dress from a friend — and that she was found with Youssef, a man she didn’t know beforehand. In a normal world, however, neither of these “offenses” would ever excuse being raped, nor would the “honor of the country” be besmirched if she reported what was clearly a crime against her, as a police officer tries to have her believe.

    Director of photography Johan Holmquist’s camerawork has a good eye for detail and rhythm and the entire cast is tightly choreographed, even if not all the supporting actors are as strong as the leads. One of the film’s most striking images is an overhead shot of Mariam, lying helplessly on the police-station floor with a smartphone next to her showing images of her rape (nothing explicit is shown). But the image, while remarkable, comes too late into the proceedings to have any real emotional impact.

    This has to do with the odd structural decision to keep the event that triggered the entire nocturnal journey off-screen initially, which creates a kind of unnecessary suspense around what exactly happened to Mariam; what Youssef’s role was in the proceedings; how the police actually behaved, etc. This narrative uncertainty makes it harder for audiences to immediately identify with the lead, though thankfully Al Ferjani does project the necessary strength, affability and intelligence that will make audiences want to go on that harrowing journey with her.
     
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  2. Brasilgirl

    Brasilgirl Well-Known Member

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    I haven’t seen it, but I would like to.
     
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    No....but I definitely will!! :eek:

    Bloody corrupt police.....and people question why victims of domestic abuse don't go to them for help! Complete waste of time....probably even more so for a Tunisian woman, than for foreigners like me. At least us foreigners don't then have to then live there as an outcast and carry the false label of whore :(
    Bloody backwards society.
     
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    Indeed ! Like in the case of Meriem Ben Mohamed who was raped by policemen in 2012 after officers stopped her in a car with her boyfriend in a suburb of the capital, Tunis. She was 27 at the time. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30138998
    or many others https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/...ades-of-police-cruelty-violence-and-rape.html It seems that asking a policeman for help might not be a good idea in Tn.
     
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    Heidi The Sleuth - Staff Member

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    They say, If you look like shit in pictures, use a filter :coffee:

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    This ones for you, @Heidi!! :D:D

     
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    30624684_1491359407642636_2513422128703864832_n.jpg ;)
     
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  11. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Moderator

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    For all you wine loving members. Because of you, people have employment, people have a roof over their heads and food in their tummies.....I'm sure you need no encouragement, but I'll still say: Keep up the good work!! :love:
    #Grapelivesmatter

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    Mine asked for a BMW wich he dint get, Poor boy :Cry:
     
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    O yes, designer clothes. I do recognize that. He didn’t matter if it was way too big as long as there is a brand name on he thinks he looks good.
     
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    They don't mind either if it's fake brand tastless clothers:D. Nice wrapper is much more important than a content. And it applies not only to clothers.
     
  15. Mango Chutney

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    Ya....Houssem's fake Prada flip flops are on this site somewhere! Omg....I nearly peed my pants when I saw them :D:D
     
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    Well you bunch of nutters, I been reading and laughed so much I need a tena lady to stop myself from wetting my knickers.
    Ive had a really bad day don't know what the hell is wrong with me. But omg I'm over it just by coming here and reading all these crazy post. :D:p:):thumbsup: thank you all x
     
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    Quote Mango: Screenshot_2018-07-16-22-56-38_kindlephoto-12175177.png :thumbsup: 40139682_1147210178770033_5595790367426347008_n.jpg :coffee:
     
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    Omg, hahaha!! :D:D
     
  20. Heidi

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    I hope you watched it with the music on rofl.gif
     
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    Sure did....Mission Impossible :D
     
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    Thank you for mentioned music, because I watched it without the music:D:D.
     
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    The music is half the fun :D
     
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