Noura’s Dream, dir. Hinde Boujemaa, Tunisia-Belgium-France-Qatar 2019, 92 min. English subtitles
Noura (played by veteran Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabri) is vulnerable and the precariousness of her situation is key to Hinde Boujemaa’s assured and compelling feature debut. Sofiane’s release brings a volatile undercurrent of violence into the home she built for their three children. His return to petty crime has fewer legal implications than the consequences of Noura’s infidelity. The tinderbox is sparked when Sofiane pieces things together and sets out to disgrace Lassad. Will Noura survive the pressure? Will the lovers survive the humiliation? Boujemaa weaves a tense and complex web. In doing so, she emphasises the fragility of a woman’s position in the Tunisian legal system, as well as reflecting on questions of masculinity, power, corruption and domestic violence.