La source des femmes (the source of woman) : the movie

I have not really used to like to share my every move, but then, the recurring theme that I like this post I am sharing with you: Women.  I went to the cinema this evening for November 10 go to “La Source des Femmes (the source of woman)” by Radu Mihaileanu

The story takes place today in a small village, somewhere between North Africa and the Middle East, as stated in the synopsis of the film.

Early in the film, the camera focuses on the details or the “infinitely small” by showing how hard it is to fetch water every day in the mountains, when you’re a woman and that was a man sitting at a sidewalk cafe all day.


These women love their men, love to make love, love the Qur’an, love their children, love to laugh and joke! One of them ,more educated with the help of an older woman who has experienced things that no woman would bear, they decide to strike love. No sex until their men moves and help them to get water without having to transport or to have the same men who carry water from the mountains. In short it is not earned in a country steeped in ancient traditions, religious and traditional.


The whole film is punctuated by moments funny, tender and deeply human. It does not see an intellectual film, it is a movie female but not feminist. We just see a movie full of emotions and especially not mushy. This film is not whining on the contrary it is a little optimistic as we see. It’s a film that depicts the difficult conditions of North African woman or even women in general. I could stop to  think of all the Indian and African women I meet and I have met with in my current and past experiences.

Situations are often criticized by singing, you hear the women singing throughout the film to express their feelings and distress. Music, songs, dances are not an addition to draw you a tear, but are an integral part of this beautiful film.


  • Leila Bekhti who plays Leila is convincing by its determination
  • Byouna, who plays the Old Rifle, is surprising by tenderness generated by the role of this strong woman
  • Quiet strength of Saleh Bakri who plays the role Sami


I can only encourage you to go see this movie, you will leave the room refreshed and full of enthusiasm. Nothing vindictive or nasty just the human and common sense, no less

The director Radhu Mihailenau is the son of a Romanian Jewish journalist. In 1980 he left Romania during the Ceausescu dictatorship and sought refuge in Israel, then to France where he studied film at IDHEC (former name of the Fémis) and then worked as assistant director in the 1980s, including with Marco Ferreri. (Source Wikipedia)


This is not the first movie I watch from this director. He have done in the past two following movies :

  • Le Concert (the concert)The show tells the story of mad ex Bolshoi musicians who organize a concert in Paris:
  •  Va, Vis et deviens (go, live and become)Live and Become: in a refugee camp in Sudan mother, Christian, pushes his son to pretend to be Jewish in order to survive.


Click here for all the cast of the movie

The official website of the film (in French )

Other post on movies and woman : Woman are heroes

Juste before the movie I got the good surprise to see this poetic clip on recycled paper (In French)


2 commentaires sur “La source des femmes (the source of woman) : the movie”

  1. hayatte says:

    j ai envi de voir ce film dans quelle salle il joue merci

  2. Jean-Marc says:


    Il suffit de voir par rapport à la ville ou vous habitez les salles de cinéma qui projettent ce film.

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