"The Source of Women," or how to dry up the conflicts of drained hearts
CANNES (France) - In a mountain village, women decreed the strike of love to demand from their men to bring them water: through the parable of "The Source of Women," the French director Radu Mihaileanu denounces drought hearts.
- Penultimate film in competition for the Palme d'Or, presented Saturday in Cannes on the eve of the proclamation of winners, "The Source for Women" attacks on three universal symbols: access to water, the place of Women and freedom through knowledge.
Desperate by multiple miscarriages due to falls while collecting water on steep trails of sharp stones, Leila (Leila Bekhti), the stranger from the South, launched the insurgency to move men. She herself lost a baby and her step-mother (Hiam Abbass) urges her son to divorce her.
In her fight, Leila finds support from her husband (Saleh Bakri), precisely, who taught her to read and to help polish her arguments, and that of the "Vieux Fusil" (Biyouna) the healer who avenges the teenager in love she had been, married at 14 to a violent forty-year old man.
Loubna (Hafsia Herzi), who daydreams before Mexican series is called Esmeralda, she still trusts possible to contract a marriage of love.
"When I found the village in Morocco, there was water since four years. Before, women told us that water collection lasted four hours and never a man offered them help," says Radu Mihaileanu to AFP.
Mindful to associate the population of Warielt, an hour south of Marrakech, the director has led a lot of work to approach the villagers "to take the time to know: for six months, we’ve been together."
"Girls have made real training to become real girls from the village," he said of his actresses, both of Algerian origin (as well as Tunisian Hafsia).
Filmed until December 2010, the film brings together on the Croisette a premonitory echo of the upheavals that have covered the Maghreb for the past six months.
"This film is an ode to women: if only men make a revolution, there will be no democracy"? Considers the French director whose father, Romanian, fled the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. He wanted to discuss here the difficulties that go with increasing water supplies in the world and "drought of hearts" that accompanies it," he insists.
For Leila Bekhti, this shoot "remains as a life lesson: thanks to Radu who made me grow humanly," said the pretty young woman who denies having made a film against men.
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