Deutsche Version

Satin Rouge

Director: Raja Amari    → show biography   
Country: Tunisia
Year: 2002
Synopsis: Present day Tunis. As far as anyone is concerned, Lilia is a respectable woman and an attentive mother. She believes her daughter Salma is having an affair with Chokri, a musician in the Red Satin cabaret. Having suppressed her own desires, she’s unable to understand her daughter’s. To save her daughter from this “dangerous liason,“ Lilia goes to the cabaret. A new world opens up to her, a world repugnant yet at the same time tantalizing. A world of the night, dancing, blasé bar girls and pleasure- seeking men. Lilia can’t stop herself from returning and discovering, through dancing, those desires she has stifled during all those years of responsibility. Raja Amari: “Perhaps this film is about the flight of time, or perhaps about the changeable character of woman. Lilia discovers her body, that body she’s always buried under layers of shapeless clothes, that body she’s never shown any interest in. But through dancing, specifically in a cabaret, a place of exhibition par excellence, the change will occur. Chokri’s love will allow her to live a reality that she’s never experienced other than through procreation, indolently prostrate in front of the television. From this point Lilia only listens to her desire. This desire instigates the evolution of her character, and it’s only in recognizing defeat that she accepts her daughter’s marriage. Lilia settles down to normality, and this time ‘plays’ the role of a mother. This hypocrisy of character, which submits itself, fits in place with society’s hypocrisy.“
Language: Arabic
Forum participation year: 2002
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Technical Attributes

Format: 35mm
Rental status: rental upon request
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: German
Running time (minutes): 99
Color: color
Sound: Optical track
Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
Frames per second: 24
Length in metres: 2729
Weight: 19.8
Number of reels: 5