Honey and Ashes | Chicago Reader

Honey and Ashes

This 1996 film by Nadia Fares tells the stories of three Tunisian women who are connected only through their chance encounters. The rebellious Leila, making out on a beach with her young lover, is spotted by three men who decide that she's fair game for rape. She escapes only with the help of Naima, a middle-aged doctor who's the victim of an arranged marriage, and later Naima treats Amina, a young woman whose husband beats her. The juxtaposition of marginally related stories allows Fares to structure her film less as a melodrama than as an essay about the ancient cultural codes still enforced through male violence. In French with subtitles. 80 min.

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