‘Noura’s Dream’ becomes nightmare dilemma in this raw tale

Updated 05 November 2019

‘Noura’s Dream’ becomes nightmare dilemma in this raw tale

CHENNAI: Hinde Boujemaa’s “Noura’s Dream,” which premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and later featured at El Gouna Film Festival, saw the movie’s protagonist, Hend Sabri (Noura), clinch best actress award at the latter.

The director, who also wrote the script, tackles an unusual dilemma for a woman being pulled in three different directions by her husband, lover and three young children, two of them girls.

It is certainly not an easy task to lead a story such as this – emotionally complicated and set in Tunisia – to a closure.

In an interview with Variety, Boujemaa said: “There have been movies about adultery, but very few of them have been wholly empathetic to the woman. There’s often a kind of moral judgement attached. I wanted to make a film without any hint of moralizing.”

“Noura’s Dream” opens with a romantic scene. Working in a prison laundry, she is seen on her phone talking to her lover, handsome garage mechanic Lassaad (Hakim Boumsaoudi), and the two are all set to marry, her divorce just days away.

Her husband, Jamel (Lotfi Abdelli), is in jail having been caught committing petty crimes but when he is freed early after a presidential pardon, things get messy.




The director tackles an unusual dilemma for a woman being pulled in three different directions by her husband, lover and three young children. (Supplied) 

Boujemaa’s film has the feel of a Ken Loach (British director) movie, with its take on the predicament of the working class. There is a certain raw quality about “Noura’s Dream,” devoid of the polish and psychological complexities of “Marriage Story” (screened at Venice), in which auteur Noah Baumbach portrays the pain of a marital split with a degree of levity and sophistication.

A similar approach and treatment cannot be taken with Noura’s story, which is set in a very different kind of social environment that gives little freedom or equality to a woman. Take, for instance, the scene in which Noura’s defense lawyer, a woman, makes her client feel small and guilty, reminding her of the injustice and harm a split would do to her children.




Boujemaa’s film has the feel of a Ken Loach (British director) movie. (Supplied) 

Sabri brings to the fore the quandary of Noura, who is completely lost.

Should she go ahead with the divorce and marry Lassaad, a union that could mean abandoning her children who need their mother? Or should she stick with her wayward husband? There are no easy answers.


Pitbull to join Shaggy and Don Omar for Diriyah Season concert

Updated 20 November 2019

Pitbull to join Shaggy and Don Omar for Diriyah Season concert

  • For Pitbull, his performance at the Diriyah Circuit will be his second appearance in the Kingdom
  • The Diriyah Season is a month-long celebration of sport

RIYADH: Pitbull is joining the lineup for the Diriyah Music Festival, part of the month-long Diriyah Season in Saudi Arabia, with the American superstar set to perform in the Kingdom on Nov. 29.
The Miami rapper, who has penned hits such as “Don’t Stop the Party,” “Timber,” “On The Floor” and “Give Me Everything,” will be joined on stage by Jamaican reggae legend Shaggy and Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Don Omar.
For Pitbull, his performance at the Diriyah Circuit will be his second appearance in the Kingdom this year, having earlier performed for fans in Damman in March, after which he paid tribute to the “great energy” of the fans.
The Diriyah Music Festival is a series of concerts running alongside the sporting events of the Diriyah Season.
News that Imagine Dragons will kick off the festival by performing after day one of the Diriyah E-Prix on Nov. 22 was welcomed by music fans in Saudi Arabia. They will be supported by DJ Alan Walker and British dance band Clean Bandit.
On Nov. 23, Latin American music giant Maluma and regional sensation, Lebanese Canadian R&B/pop singer Massari, will follow day two of the Formula E racing.
Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, Chairman of the General Sports Authority, said: “The Diriyah Music Festival is a key part of bringing people together for Diriyah Season and it promises to be the biggest celebration of music in the Kingdom’s history.”
Standalone tickets for the November 29 concert featuring Pitbull, Shaggy and Don Omar are on sale at www.diriyahseason.sa.
The Diriyah Season is a month-long celebration of sport, kicking off with Formula E, followed by the world heavyweight title clash between world champion Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua in the “Clash On The Dunes”, The Diriyah Tennis Cup and the elite Diriyah Equestrian Festival.
As well as the Diriyah Music Festival, the season features cultural festivities, food and retail experiences, and the stunning ‘Diriyah Oasis’, a giant entertainment and art hub with fun for all the family.