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Clay Dolls

Clay Dolls

A Feature film by Nouri Bouzid

Release in France : 29/09/2004

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Nouveau Regard, Soread 2M

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Omrane, 40, former domestic, feels liberated when he sets up a modest housekeeping business. He transports “maids of all work” in his delivery van from his native village – renowned for the women’s know-how in the arts of Berber pottery – to the nouveau riche families recently settled in the posh part of town.
He vouches for the women’s safety and for their salaries to their parents.
Rebeh, rebellious and beautiful, is his most exuberant employee. Although submerged by harsh housework, she gets caught on the breeze of freedom and the joys of life and takes off.
She remains on Omrane’s conscience and he sets out to look for her in the city. He’s accompanied by Fedah, 9, one of his new girls who’s yet to find a job. The little girl discovers the city, modeling dolls from the lump of clay that she has brought along with her. Once they’re finished, she squashes them flat.


The film was awarded the Oecumenical Jury Prize at the 2003 Fribourg International Film Festival, the Bayard d'Or for Best Actor and Best Actress, as well as the nomination for the Bayard d'Or for Best Film at the 2002 Namur International Festival of French-Language Film and the Audience Award at the 2002 Nantes Festival des Trois Continents.

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Screenwriter :

Nouri Bouzid

Sound Recordist :

Faouzi Thabet

Production Manager :

Hassen Daldoul

Editors :

Caroline Émery, Anita Fernandez, Benoît Bruwier, Ingrid Ralet

Music Composer :

Rabii Zamouri

Directors of Photography :

Tarek Ben Abdallah, Gilberto Azevedo

Camera Operator :

Sofian El Fani

Press Attaché (film) :

Isabelle Buron

Production Designer :

Khaled Joulak

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Feature film

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France, Tunisia, Morocco

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Minority French (France, Tunisia, Morocco)

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1 h 35 min

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Dolby DTS

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Namur International French-Language Film Festival - 2002

Namur International French-Language Film Festival (Belgium, 2002)

Awards (2)

Golden Bayard for Best Actress : Hend Sabri

Golden Bayard for Best Actor : Ahmed Hafiane