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  • Summary: A widowed Tunisian seamstress takes an unlikely journey of self-discovery in writer-director Raja Amari's sumptuous and sensual film. (Zeitgeist Films)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
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  1. Movie is so hip-swingingly infectious and leaves us with such a high that it's hard not to suspect that -- handled right -- it could well become the fall version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
  2. Although the movie is slow-going at first, it gradually awakens, like Lilia. And then it dances.
  3. Belly dancing isn't always the most thrilling of dances, but it's a blast to see these women shaking and rolling because they're so thoroughly in charge of the male clientele and their own sexuality.
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    75
    A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman.
  5. Sincere acting and heartfelt filmmaking add energy to this unassuming Tunisian drama.
  6. The nuances of the performances -- in dialogue and dance -- and the rich, organic feel of the locations mark Amari as a director of significant promise.
  7. 60
    Vividly photographed in shimmering colors and driven by a propulsive score.

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