Yesterday I finally got to see Satin Rouge by Raja Ammari, a Tunisian movie that got a lot of great reviews when it was released back in 2002.
I heard and read so much about it, and have been wanting to see it for a long time, but never really got around to it.
Anyway, after seeing it, I understand why it got all the great reviews. It’s a really nice and well done movie. Maybe one of the best Tunisian movies yet.
It’s the story of a widow who’s raising her adolescent daughter on her own and who’s leading a pretty boring and depressing life. It’s like her life stopped when her husband died and she’s just there to take care of her daughter now.
Circumstances later drive her to a cabaret in search of her daughter where she discovers this whole new night life of dance and pleasures. It excites and attracts her but also worries her.
Nevertheless she is sucked in slowly as she builds a friendship with one of the belly dancers there and starts frequenting the place more only to become a dancer herself too.
She ends up caught in the middle of being a perfect mom that she no longer is and a belly dancer that she still isn’t yet.
Of course there are other events I don’t want to get into so as to not spoil it for anyone who’s going to see it. But what I can say is that it’s really worth the watch.
The directing, cinematography and photography is really good too. I truly enjoyed the shots that were taken, the angles, …etc.
I give it a 8/10 as a movie.
You should really see it.