french films > Mascarades




Review score: * * * * *

cast: Lyes Salem, Sarah Reguieg, Mohamed Bouchaïb, Rym Takoucht, Merouane Zmirli, Mourad Khen

year: 2008

colour: yes

certificate: PG

director: Lyes Salem

runtime: 92

Set in a village somewhere in Algeria a series of life-changing events unfold. After a night on the town, Mounir announces his sister's impending nuptials – to a rich, European suitor, no less. From one day to the next, everyone wants to be his friend. Now his troubles really begin... Blinded by his lie, Mounir will, without wanting to, change his family's destiny. Salem’s warm character-driven comedy was the Arab world festival hit of 2008. Likened notably to the cinema of Emir Kusturica, Mascarades is a harmonious mix of the ludicrous and lyrical.


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