A SON

Directed by Mehdi Barsaoui
95 minutes
Set in the warm Tunisian countryside, this intriguing family drama captures the fierce love of a parent within a complex political environment.
Sunday, November 8th 2020, 2:00 pm

WINNER: BEST ACTOR, VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2019

A compelling family drama set in the warm southern countryside of Tunisia where a wealthy couple, Ben Fares Youssef (Sami Bouajila, Indigènes) and his wife Meriem (Najla Ben Adallah) answer their son Aziz’s demand to sing his favourite song one more time. As they drive down the dusty roads to their weekend holiday destination, they are ambushed by a group of radicals. They manage to escape but not without a fatality and a subsequent blood test that confirms a long buried secret.

Supported by its superb leads, this tight directorial debut by Tunisian filmmaker Mehdi Barsaoui, cleverly captures emotions of masculinity and personal ego within a complex political climate. Ultimately this is a story that portrays the fierce love of a parent and how far they are willing to go to protect their own.

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Classification
M
Country
Tunisia, France, Lebanon, Qatar
Language
In Arabic and French with English subtitles
Director
Mehdi Barsaoui
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