Arab Blues

88 minutes 2019 6.3

Psychoanalyst Selma returns to her childhood home in Tunis after living in Paris for ten years, and to the great annoyance of the family, she wants to start her own clinic. Along the way, she encounters both skepticism in the neighborhood, unreasonable bureaucracy and many tragicomic challenges. How do you get hold of potential patients in a society that believes that mental health is taboo?

Arab Blues is a refreshing, Tunisian comedy, which addresses heavy themes in a very elegant way. Here you get an insight into the Tunisian everyday life after the Arab Spring, especially from the women's perspective. The frictions that arise between those who have traveled from Tunisia to Europe and those who have settled are recognizable.

The film is not playable outside of Norway
Original title: Un divan à Tunis
Category: Feature Film
Genre: Drama, comedy
Actors: Golshifteh Farahani, Hichem Yacoubi, Majd Mastoura, Aïsha Ben Miled, Ramla Ayari, Feryel Chammari, Moncef Anjegui, Najoua Zouhair, Jamel Sassi
Director: Manele Labidi
Producer: Serge Hayat, Jean-Christophe Reymond
Script: Manele Labidi
Country: France, Tunisia
Language: French