The Source (La source des femmes)
The Source (La source des femmes) (2011)

The story takes place in current times, in a small village somewhere between North Africa and the Middle East. The women fetch water from a mountaintop spring in the blazing sun. They've done that since the beginning of time. Leila, a… More

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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The good intentions are obvious, but a bit more crunch is sorely needed.

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Allan Hunter
The List

The sheer injustice at the heart of an overlong tale still creates an automatic sympathy for the women, sisters in a way to the women in Made In Dagenham.

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Daniel Green
Little White Lies

A whimsical tale of women, water and wedlock, with precious little direction, drive or purpose.

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Carmen Gray
Total Film

The mix of female empowerment and Middle eastern colour is kept just on the right side of schmaltzy by firecracker turns from Le´la Bekhti as the headstrong strike-leader and Biyouna as a formidable widower.

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Steve Rose
Guardian

This populist parable draws intriguing battle lines between the sexes, but then forgets what it was supposed to be fighting about.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Often rather moving...

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Raphael Abraham
Financial Times

Radu Mihaileanu's update of Lysistrata with overtones of the Arab Spring never settles on a consistent tone; as a result, serious moments lack force and lighter moments feel hollow.

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