Satin Rouge
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An attractive widow just edging into middle age begins to explore a new side of her personality once she's on her own in this drama from Tunisia. After the death of her husband, Lilia (Hiam Abbass) finds herself at a loss for what to do with her life. Her teenage daughter, Salma (Hend El Fahem), is just old enough to be developing a life of her own, and is too busy with school and her friends to spend much time with her mother. Lilia fills the days by watching television and obsessively cleaning her home, but she feels lonely and out of sorts. Lilia begins to suspect that Salma is dating… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though far from perfect -- the film is predictable -- Satin Rouge is a refreshing view of a foreign culture."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A daring drama that addresses how a wanton woman copes with a strict social structure that would deny her any outlet for her animalistic urges."
‑ Kam Williams, Global Rhythm Magazine
"Leading a double life in an American film only comes to no good, but not here. Matters play out realistically if not always fairly."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"The biggest problem with Satin Rouge is Lilia herself. She's a cipher, played by an actress who smiles and frowns but doesn't reveal an inner life."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
"It's a weepy, nail-biting story line that's all too familiar, although Abbass portrays her character with strong conviction and carries the film gracefully."
‑ Mitchell Vantrease, Arizona Republic
"A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"A celebration of unintellectualized joy and the discovery of life."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Though the path to self-assurance may seem a little dubious, you can't knock it too hard. After all, it worked for Lilia. And it worked for Amari."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"This Cinderella story is not new, but director Raja Amari makes the scenes in the club so vibrant and lush that we feel what it's like for Lilia to be there."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"There are many scenes of belly dancing, pure pleasure to watch."
‑ Sid Adilman, Toronto Star
"A movie that has charm but shows weaknesses not uncommon for a novice director."
‑ , Dallas Morning News
"Bellydancing, with its ancient roots and links to fertility rituals, is a colourful and physical expression of life forces that Lilia has to rediscover."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"An odd but alluring convergence of melodrama and fable."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Sexy and romantic."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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