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A Summer In La Goulette (1996)

Claudia Cardinale , Sonia Mankai , Ferid Boughedir  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claudia Cardinale, Sonia Mankai, Ava Cohen-Jonathan, Sarah Pariente, Mustapha Adouani
  • Directors: Ferid Boughedir
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048FQFLG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Summer In La Goulette is a comic but loving celebration that works on many levels. It's a wonderfully animated and exuberant story about everyday life and friendship. --Toronto Sun

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The year is 1967 in La Goulette - a small harbor town in the suburbs of Tunis where various cultures have lived together for ages in effortless harmony. Youssef, Jojo and Giuseppe are as inseparable as their three 16-year-old-daughters, Meriem, Gigi and Tina. In a fit of teenage provocation, the three girls swear that they will lose their virginity by the day of the procession of the Madonna. To make matters worse, each of them has her eyes on a boy of a different religion, thus challenging an inviolable taboo. This leads the three families to cut off all ties with one another. But the bonds tying the three fathers are too strong. They end up making up, more like brothers than ever, just before the Six Day War breaks out in the Middle East, tearing apart Jews and Arabs the world over.

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"A Summer in La Goulette" was directed by Ferid Boughedir in 1996 to capture the heterogeneous character of Tunisia in 1967. It's set in La Goulette, the port north of Tunis where tourists flock in the summer, seeking beaches and sea breezes. Three young women, best friends -Muslim Meriem (Sonia Mankai), Jewish Gigi (Sarah Pariente), and Sicilian Catholic Tina (Ava Cohen-Jonathan)- vow to loose their virginity before the summer is out. Their families live in the same apartment building, owned by the greedy Hadj (Gamil Ratib) who has eyes for Meriem. Their fathers -Youssef (Mustapha Adouani), Jojo (Guy Nataf), and Guiseppe (Ivo Salerno), respectively- are old friends. But the ladies' scandalous plans and choice of boyfriends causes a rift between the men.

The film captures working class Tunisian life and the pleasures of the Mediterranean summer at a particular time: after colonialism and before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, after which most Tunisian Jews left the country. Tensions in the Middle East loom in the background, largely ignored by the population of La Goulette. The war begins just as the action of this film ends. And with it, a social era comes to an end. Ferid Boughedir captures Tunisian life during this period of liberalism and social change through the lens of a romantic comedy. "A Summer in La Goulette" is generally light-hearted and funny. But it brings to light the changing relationships between men and women, the hypocrisy of both the middle class and religious traditionalists, the perils of political ignorance, and the frivolity of it all. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.
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This is an idyllic image of the possibility for Peace in the world. Filmed on location in La Goulette, Tunisia, a beach resort in northern Africa, the movie tells the simple story of a summer in 1967 just before the Arab - Israel War. There are three families of different religions living side-by-side in an apartment house. The men are close friends and so are their sixteen year old daughters. It looks like the local Tunisians played many of the minor roles, and the characters and situations breathe a life of peaceful coexistence in a place that all agree is Paradise on Earth. One family is planning the wedding of their older daughter. The bachelor elderly landlord is infatuated with one of the daughters. The three teens decide to lose their virginity before the summer is out and seduce three local boys of different religious backgrounds. Claudia Cardinale, a Tunisian-born actress, makes a cameo appearance. All in all, a lovely slice-of-life film which takes the viewer to a simpler time and place when there was hope for Peace and the biggest problems were romance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I didn't view a dvd of this movie purchased at Amazon, I only rented it, so my review has nothing to do with the quality of the dvd, which in my case was fine.

The movie is a delightful story as well as an interesting look at Tunisia in 1967, before the mass exodus of Jews from the country (as well as from Morocco). A comedy, yes, but it doesn't shy away from a harsher message. The filmmaker simply decided comedy was more revealing than a drama.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy, but with a purpose September 13, 2007
Set in the touristic beach resort town of La Goulette, Tunisia, A Summer in La Goulette is the sometimes-sweet-sometimes-crass coming of age story of three seventeen year old girls from very different religious backgrounds. Teen friends Meriem (Muslim), Tina (Jewish), and Gigi (Catholic), bored with their lives on the beach and curious about romance, make a pact that they will lose their virginity and "become women" by the end of summer.When their fathers, Youssef, Jojo, and Giuseppe, discover their plan, they are obviously outraged. But their anger stems not only from the idea of their precious daughters becoming sexually active, but from the fact that the boys that each of their daughters have chosen are from different religious backgrounds than they are.

Amidst the comedic teen angst and sexual desires, director Ferid Boughedir explores the devisive nature of religious beliefs and practices, even among long-time friends. In what is essentially a coming of age comedy it's surprising to see such difficult subject matter explored, and even more surprising to see it explored so effectively. As the fathers grow angry with their daughter's choices so do they grow angry with each other for discriminating against their kind.

Taking place right before the 2nd Arab-Israeli War of 1967, the idea of Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim neighbors living in peace in the same bulding, and even being childhood friends, is examined and shown in lovely slice-of-life moments. Though the war is never mentioned until the final scene, the choice of time and location couldn't be more apt. While "tensions in the Middle East" are constantly addressed and dismissed by characters in the film, little do they realize what events will soon play out on their very doorsteps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a glimpse into the past April 8, 2014
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In Tunisia, 1967, three families, three daughters, living in the same rundown beachside apartment house. The families are menaced by their evil landlord. The girls influenced by the western counterculture, (one Jewish, and one Christian) frolic on the beach, and vow to lose their virginity by a certain date. This does not go well with their fathers, who up to now have remained good friends as well as neighbors.
The date, 1967, is not insignificant.
There is quite a lot of tasteful nudity.
Acting is good, and natural, but the star is the scenery, which likely no longer exists.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age French Film
Sorry this was poorly made and the acting/script is terrible. Film is grainy and at times out of focus. Read more
Published 4 months ago by WingMan112001
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful film
Some would consider it a throw back to old times and film genre, but the film is a delightful vignette of a place and a society that probably hasn't changed significantly over the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sherry Herlihy
2.0 out of 5 stars so-so
Just an average teen comedy/drama. I enjoyed American Pie more than I did this film. Some cute girls, but nothing to write home about.
Published 6 months ago by D. Bellville
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical teen type movie
I was curious to see if there was any depth to the movie, but I didn't really see it. Basically it was a showcase for Claudia
Published 6 months ago by Ex Texan
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) "A Summer in La Goulette" is an entertaining, sensual film...
Filmmaker Ferid Boughedh's 1996 film "A Summer in La Goulette" is a film that no doubt captured the attention of viewers, especially those who lived during the era before... Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Three Tunisian close friends who live in la Goulette, a suburb in the tunisian capital, who follow 3 different religions in the late 60's are facing turmoil. Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by S. Kader
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, flawed product!!!
I ordered this movie for my husband, and the first time it arrived, the disk was missing from the box. Instead was only a clear plastic "dummy" disk. Read more
Published on September 9, 2008 by Anglican Gator
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