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Women's Expectations

A Feature film by Naguel Belouad

Produced by 3B Productions

Production year : 2001


    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…

    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

    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