2008. Algeria. Lyes Salem. 92 min.
Friday, January 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2008. Algeria. Directed by Lyes Salem. Written by Salem, Nathalie Saugeon. With Salem, Sarah Reguieg, Mohamed Bouchaïb. Mounir, a gardener for a wealthy estate owner, dreams of improving his small family’s lot and gaining a measure of respect in his dusty Algerian village. He’s determined to marry off his narcoleptic sister, Rym, to a “real gentleman,” but Rym dreams of marrying Khliffa, his best friend. When Mounir counters village gossip with a fib that he’s promised Rym to a wealthy outsider, she embraces the rumor to press Khliffa into action. The town rallies around the fictional nuptials, propelling Mounir to big-shot status by association, and swelling his impressionable ego beyond recognition. This charming romantic comedy suggests that when dreams turn into reality, it’s time to wake up. In Arabic; English subtitles. 92 min.