The Silences Of The Palace

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This eloquent film by and about Muslim women may not draw crowds at the multiplex, but it needn't scare off inquiring moviegoers. Slow-moving and exquisitely observed, it follows a disillusioned young singer (Hend Sabri), whose mother was servant-cum-courtesan to one of the last Tunisian beys, as she revisits the palace where she was raised. Veteran film...read more

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This eloquent film by and about Muslim women may not draw crowds at the multiplex, but it needn't scare off inquiring moviegoers. Slow-moving and exquisitely observed, it follows a disillusioned young singer (Hend Sabri), whose mother was servant-cum-courtesan to one of the

last Tunisian beys, as she revisits the palace where she was raised. Veteran film editor Moufida Tlatli makes her directorial debut with a remarkably honest and painful film about subjugation, alienation and the difficult path to knowledge and independence. Tlatli won the Satyajit Ray Award

honoring a filmmaker of exceptional promise, and the film was awarded Special Mention at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. To worldbeat connoisseurs, the music alone will be worth the price of admission.

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This eloquent film by and about Muslim women may not draw crowds at the multiplex, but it needn't scare off inquiring moviegoers. Slow-moving and exquisitely observed, it follows a disillusioned young singer (Hend Sabri), whose mother was servant-cum-court… (more)

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