1. The author and his/her children
So, I did post a comment to the last of GRRM's entires about fanfiction, and that's what I wrote:
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2. Movie recommendations: Karin Albou: Le chant des mariées (The Wedding Song)
We have an Arabian movie week, and yesterday, I went to watch the mentioned movie. I tried to find out something more about Karin Albou, but I couldn't find out more than that she lives in Paris, some parts of her family are "pieds noirs" (of North African origin) and has made only a few movies: two of them "Le chant des Mariées" and "La petite Jérusalem" thematise questions of Jewish identity. "Le chant de mariées" is set in 1942/43 in Tunis during the few months of German occupation and narrates the story of two young women, Nour (a Muslim) and Myriam (a Jewish girl), who are neighbours and best friends. While the story also includes their relations with the men in their life, their friendship is the center of the movie. The movie is on one side very intimate and sensual, on the other side very unsettling due to the political situation and due to some of the cultural implications. It was in many ways eye-opening, because I didn't know about that chapter of WWII before, nor was I aware of the tensions between Muslims and Jews in the Maghreb. The German propaganda did anything to fuel those tensions, and the Jewish population of Tunis was foced to pay fines for the allied bombardements. This fine was an important plot point, because the financial situation of Myriam and her widowed mother leads to Myriam's engagement and later marriage with a wealthy doctor.
All this considered, the movie makes the attempt to paint a multi-facetted picture of the period, the characters have more than one dimension. One example is Nour's father who is an obstacle to her freedom and reigns over a pretty stiffling house, but when he finds out that she knows to read the Quran, he indicates her a sura that contains a positive portrayal of other religions. Another example is Raoul, Myriam's fiancé, who appears in a very unsympathetic light at first, but turns out a very decent man, thought still way too old for her. ;) The ending was pretty much open, ending with the two girls meeting and comforting each other in one of the bomb shelters while the whole situation was still hanging.