Tea In The Harem Of Archimede

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Set in the lower-income housing projects of suburban Paris, this film follows two teenage boys--one Arab (Boukhanef), one French (Martin)--who are the best of friends. Both boys are unemployed: Martin by choice, Boukhanef because he cannot deal with employers' racist attitudes toward him. They spend their time hanging out, chasing whores, and performing...read more

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Set in the lower-income housing projects of suburban Paris, this film follows two teenage boys--one Arab (Boukhanef), one French (Martin)--who are the best of friends. Both boys are unemployed: Martin by choice, Boukhanef because he cannot deal with employers' racist attitudes toward

him. They spend their time hanging out, chasing whores, and performing minor burglaries and other petty crimes. Boukhanef is in love with Martin's sister, but the young woman avoids him after landing a job in Paris. Martin cares little for love relationships and plans to be a gigolo on the

Riviera. One day Boukhanef discovers that Martin's sister is actually working as a prostitute in Paris, and the truth crushes his hopes of romance. Basically a slice-of-life drama, this film marks the promising debut of writer-director Charef, an Algerian who worked as a tool sharpener in a Paris

factory until he published his first, semiautobiographical novel. Famed director Constantin Costa-Gavras and his producer-wife, Michele Ray-Gavras, optioned film rights on the novel and, after meeting with the author, decided to give him a shot at scripting and directing. TEA IN THE HAREM OF

ARCHIMEDE (the title is a pun written by a student who misunderstood a question regarding Archimedes' Principle) won the Jean Vigo prize and was screened at festivals in the US in 1985.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Set in the lower-income housing projects of suburban Paris, this film follows two teenage boys--one Arab (Boukhanef), one French (Martin)--who are the best of friends. Both boys are unemployed: Martin by choice, Boukhanef because he cannot deal with employ… (more)

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