Zeitgeist Films | Satin Rouge
Raja Amari
Film Info
95 mins
Tunisia / France
In Arabic with English
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby SRD
Rating: Not Rated

A widowed Tunisian seamstress takes an unlikely journey of self-discovery in writer-director Raja Amari’s sumptuous and sensual SATIN ROUGE. While investigating a suspected liaison between her headstrong teenaged daughter and a cabaret musician, young widow Lilia becomes drawn to an exotic nightclub netherworld of Rubenesque belly dancers and nocturnal pleasure-seekers. She strikes up a friendship with one of the dancers, then eventually takes the stage herself—quickly becoming the favorite of both cabaret patrons and the club’s hot-blooded drummer. As she gradually sheds her shapeless, matronly housedresses for the flamboyantly sequined bar-girl garb, she also begins to emerge from her cocoon of melancholy and loneliness. Variety critic David Stratton compares Amari’s tale to Douglas Sirk’s American suburban melodramas of the 1950s (particularly ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS) calling the film a “handsomely produced and exhilarating romantic drama.”

WINNER - New Directors Showcase Award, Best New Director, 2002 Seattle International Film Festival

WINNER - Audience Award, 2002 Maine International Film Festival