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Compelling Tunisian family drama about Meriem, her husband Fares and their son Aziz. If the latter is injured in an attack, it has totally unforeseen consequences.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Un fils

Tunisia, summer 2011 – Life is looking good for Meriem and her husband Fares: no financial troubles, plenty of nice friends and, last but not least, the joy their young son Aziz brings. Then one day, things go terribly wrong; when driving home from a trip to the countryside, their car is hit by a terrorists' stray bullet, leaving Aziz seriously injured. They rush to the nearest hospital, where the doctors quickly try to identify who is best suited as the boy's donor. Their examinations deliver a totally unexpected outcome, with far-reaching consequences.

This compelling, tense family drama is the feature directorial debut of Tunisian Mehdi Barsaoui, who also wrote the screenplay. Barsaoui cleverly reveals the mechanisms determining everyday life in present-day Tunisia. His film has already garnered a slew of awards, including the Orizzonte Award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

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