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Women's Expectations

A Feature film by Naguel Belouad

Produced by 3B Productions

Production year : 2001

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

3B Productions

Foreign production company :

Gouraya Communications Audiovisuelles

French distribution :

Tadrart Films

Co-production :

Canal+ Horizons

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pyramide International


The story takes place in the 1920s in a remote area of the Aurassian mountains in Eastern Algeria, an area that is frequently devastated by long winters, famine, and disease. Brahim, a master craftsman, is one of the wealthiest men in the region. Married to Nakla and Gamra, who have failed to bear his children, he decides to marry for a third time, hoping that a third wife will provide him with an heir before he is too old.
Forced to marry the aging Brahim, Fadah, a beautiful, healthy twenty-year-old woman joins the two other wives in a household that is cut off from the rest of the community. Only Brahim has contact with others and leaves to go to the village once a month to deliver his pottery and buy supplies.
One day, Brahim hires a young man, Hemna, to do work on the property. A few months later, Fadah shows all signs of a pregnant woman…

Full credits (6)

Executive Producers :

Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat

Director of Photography :

Bachir Selami

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Screenwriter :

Naguel Belouad

Sound Recordist :

Malek Zaidi

Editor :

Joëlle Dufour

Technical details

Feature film

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Nationality :

Minority French (Algeria)

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Runtime :

1 h 22 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR