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A Tale of Love and Desire

2021 1h 43m Drama Romance List
100% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 50% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Ahmed, 18, French of Algerian origin, grew up in the suburbs of Paris. At the university, he meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl, full of energy, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a corpus of sensual and erotic Arabic literature he never imagined existed, Ahmed falls deep in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it. Read More Read Less

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Carlos Aguilar Los Angeles Times Erotic verses from ancient Arab poetry enrapture a painfully inhibited young man in the sensual coming-of-age drama “A Tale of Love and Desire” from Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid. Mar 10, 2022 Full Review Lovia Gyarkye Hollywood Reporter It's an edifying and introspective film, with something valuable to say about embracing our most carnal impulses without shame. Jul 21, 2021 Full Review Miguel Ravelo EscribiendoCine If Ahmed's character is too unlikeable, the film's freshness and charisma keep the movie afloat. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Feb 6, 2023 Full Review Manu Yáñez Fotogramas A magnetic film that examines the crossroad most contemporary Arab youth must face, torn between conservative traditionalism and a burning desire to rebel against it. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Oct 7, 2022 Full Review Paula Arantzazu Ruiz Cinemanía (Spain) A Story of Love and Desire works as a vision of masculine desire, fragile and trembling in the emphatic face of everything. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 6, 2022 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film A film that celebrates the joy and fears associated with youthful lust, while exploring ideas of internal cultural conflict, without making it feel tacky or like a diatribe. Rated: 4/5 Jul 20, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alinafe M "We see how the object, so sung about and desired, is not intended to become real, but to remain a source of poetry. By remaining a fantasy it is poetic and therefore almost divine." This whole monologue was everything and really explained why I love a romance about yearning. The whole movie felt like a slow butn with moments of pulling your hand from the fire before daring to go back in again. It felt like falling in love. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Richrd G I was scrolling for movies and was looking for something romantic. Overall I enjoyed it a lot, I felt like he was a shy guy. It was frustrating to see him seemingly waste his chances of having a girlfriend. I felt like he was really afraid of being with a girl. I think it's a good movie that you should check out, it has its ups and downs which makes it really exciting. If you are into romantic movies with a lot of twists and turns this is for you. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Ahmed, 18, French of Algerian origin, grew up in the suburbs of Paris. At the university, he meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl, full of energy, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a corpus of sensual and erotic Arabic literature he never imagined existed, Ahmed falls deep in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it.
Director
Leyla Bouzid
Producer
Sandra da Fonseca
Screenwriter
Leyla Bouzid
Genre
Drama, Romance
Original Language
French
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 23, 2022
Runtime
1h 43m