Flower of Oblivion (Khochkhach)

  • Fleur d'oubli (Khochkhach)
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Feature
Running time : 107 (in minutes)

Efter en smärtsam förlossning, blir en ung kvinna från den tunisiska bourgeoisien beroende av växten Khochkhach (opium) som hon får för att döva smärtan. Hon dras långsamt ned i beroendet och hamnar till slut på ett mentalsjukhus. Där träffar hon Khémais som hjälper henne tillbaka till lusten att leva och älska.Selma Baccar föddes 1945 i Tunis. Hon studerade filmkunskap på Franska filminstitutet och arbetade därefter som assisterande regissör vid flera långfilmsproduktioner. Hon regisserar lång och kortfilmer, dokumentärer och tv-produktioner. 1990 blev hon den första kvinnliga filmproducenten i Tunisien.?

KHOCHKHACH, 2005
Regi: Selma Baccar
Längd: 107 min


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Tunisian filmmaker Salma Baccar deals with a difficult topic as her heroine, Zakia (Rabia Ben Abdallah), endures emotional dilemmas and finds new hope. Zakia's husband has neglected her in favour of a man and it is clear that he understands the pain he has caused her. At the same time she must cope with the teenage daughter who wants nothing to do with her and holds her responsible for the marriage split. Drugs are her escape route, but one that leads to addiction and an asylum, where her destiny keeps evolving. The film is a crowd-pleasing melodrama, with sentimental treatment and old-fashioned direction. Yet it is nicely geared to its audience's emotions, and the heroine's ups and downs are surprising. Its bleak images will be tough for children and it includes mild nudity.

Tunisia/2005/Arabic dialogue with English subtitles/Colour/35mm/107 mins

Director: Salma Baccar
Producer: Abdelaziz Ben Malouka
Scriptwriters: Salma Baccar, Aroussia Nalouti
Cinematographer: Andreas Sinanos
Editors: Karim Hamouda, Kahia Attia
Composer: Rabii Zamouri
Cast: Rabiaa Ben Abdallah, Alaeddine Ayoubi, Raouf Ben Amour, Leila Chebbi, Med Ali Ben Jemaa

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