21st Century Cinema
Beauty and the Dogs
Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania • 2017 • Tunisia, France
Starring Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomane Hamda
When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for justice even though power lies on the side of her tormentors. Unfolding in a series of breathless, immersive long takes and anchored by a gripping performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, BEAUTY AND THE DOGS tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important story head-on. Director Kaouther Ben Hania issues a striking critique of a repressive society and a forceful feminist rallying cry.
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