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FOREIGN BODY

Jassad Gharib, Corps Etranger

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ForeignBodyPosterSeeking refuge from her Islamist radical brother whom she informed on, a young woman arrives in France illegally following Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution and discovers a new world of both hope and danger, in the fourth feature from writer-director Raja Amari (Satin Rouge, Buried Secrets).

In the turbulent aftermath of the Tunisian revolution, young Samia (Sarra Hannachi) flees her homeland. She braves hostile seas in the crossing to France, but once there she finds that her struggles have only just begun. With no friends, no family, and - most crucially - no immigration papers, Samia has to figure out how to make a life and a living in a foreign land.

She meets a young man, Imed (Salim Kechiouche, Blue is the Warmest Color), and soon finds work in the employ of the elegant Leila (the inimitable Hiam Abbass, subject of an In Conversation With event at the Festival this year). But her presence in Leila's middle-class household triggers a shift in its dynamics, and soon Samia is enmeshed in a web of sexual tension.

Timely as it is, Foreign Body seems to typify a media narrative of forced mass migration: desperate, distressing, impossible. The film transcends this sweeping, reductive thinking due to the way director Raja Amari immerses her camera in Samia's new reality. She shoots with a close, handheld aesthetic that makes abstraction and generalization all but impossible, bringing us the story of a unique young woman.

Hannachi portrays her character's inner turmoil brilliantly. Samia is sometimes ragged and sometimes refined, ranging from stoic to sensual, but this is not because she's unstable. Rather, it's because of her ability to change in response to different situations and environments - an ability born of necessity. This is a woman determined to survive at all costs.

CAMERON BAILEY - TIFF

Directed by Raja Amari, France / Tunisia, 92 minutes, 2016, Colour, Arabic and French with English subtitles.

Rental/Theatrical Run: Please e-mailt info@africanfilm.com


DVD Purchase: $395

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OFFICIAL SELECTIONS / AWARDS
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Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2016

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Official Selection, Berlinale Forum Section 2017

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RiverRun International Film Festival 2017, Won Jury Prize Best Screenplay Raja Amari, Nominated Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature Raja Amari

 

 

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