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Summer In La Goulette, A
[Halk El Wad]

Feature Film

Férid Boughédir


89 minutes

French and Arabic with English subtitles


Winner! — Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
Nominated! — Golden Spike, Valladolid Int'l Film Festival

"A comic but loving celebration that works on many levels. It's a wonderfully animated and exuberant story about everyday life and friendship." —Toronto Sun

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A Summer in La Goulette is "an enchanting, insanely erotic comedy" (Eye Weekly) shot on the sun-dappled seaside of Tunisia by director Férid Boughédir (Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces).

Three teenage girlfriends live in an apartment complex near Goulette beach in 1967, and during the summer they make a pact to lose their virginity by the end of the season. Meriem (Sonia Mankaï) attracts the eye of her family's aging landlord, while a persistent group of nervous teenage boys flirt their way into the girls' arms. When news of their increasingly bold behavior reaches their respective families (one is Jewish, another Muslim, and the third Catholic), fingers are pointed in every direction in order to assign blame for the girls' socially and religiously embarrassing behavior.

A Summer In La Goulette is a coming-of-age tale based on Boughédir's own childhood memories, a "quietly affecting" (Time Out Film Guide) tale of sexual awakening and multi-cultural misunderstanding. Shot in the warm amber glows of nostalgia, it beautifully captures the end of innocence.

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