Tuesday, March 10 at 9pm

France | Tunisia

Directed by Manele Labidi Labbé

In French and Arabic (with English subtitles)

Comedy

88 minutes

Rated PG: coarse & sexual language; violence

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After years abroad in Paris, Selma returns to Tunis with the dream of opening up her own psychotherapy practice.

After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma (Golshifteh Farahani) has returned to Tunis. Back home, her younger cousin can't figure out why she'd leave the French capital, her aunt is overbearing, and her uncle is only giving her a matter of weeks to crash in the apartment above their house. Selma, nonetheless, is steadfast in her resolve: she wants to open up a psychotherapy practice. So begins an incisive comedy about coming home, breaking taboos, and building community. As Selma tries to settle in, she's faced with increasing complications that she couldn't have predicted. There isn't just the matter of finding interested psychotherapy patients in a locale that's not keen on the talking cure, but she also needs to navigate a confusing bureaucratic circus in order to get the right papers to run her practice. On top of all that, a strapping cop, Naim (Majd Mastoura), is keeping a close eye on her every move.

“ARAB BLUES IS AN ENTERTAINING TUNISIAN CULTURE CLASH COMEDY”

- Sara Clements, Exclaim!

“COASTS ON THE OFFHANDED CHARM AND SINCERITY OF ITS STAR GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI”

- Vikram Murthi, RogerEbert.com

“VIA A COLOURFUL ARRAY OF CHARACTERS STILL GETTING THEIR BEARINGS POST-ARAB SPRING, FIRST-TIME WRITER-DIRECTOR MANELE LABIDI PACKS A LOT OF AFFECTIONATE OBSERVATIONS INTO COMPACT RUNNING TIME.”

- Lisa Nesselson, Screen International

9pm ARAB BLUES