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The String (2009)

Claudia Cardinale , Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan , Mehdi Ben Attia  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claudia Cardinale, Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan, Salim Kéchiouche, Driss Ramdi, Ramla Ayari
  • Directors: Mehdi Ben Attia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XRH9Z6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The String" on IMDb

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Fascinating...Beautifully shot and well acted...from a director to watch. --Now Toronto

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Class, cultural and sexual differences are explored in this torridly romantic drama co-starring an Italian superstar from the past: Claudia Cardinale. Set in arid Tunisia, tall, quiet Malik (Antonin Stahly), a 30-year-old Parisian architect, returns to his homeland after the death of his father. He's greeted warmly by his over-bearing, petulant mother (Cardinale) and is immediately confronted with her expectation that he stay and get married. This now strange world of his youth, his mother's pressure and his barely hidden homosexuality set off anxiety attacks in Malik, who finally finds relief when he meets the darkly handsome handyman, Balil (Salim Kechiouche, Full Speed, Grande école, 3 Dancing Slaves). They begin a tentative relationship, but Islamic mores, a still class conscience society, and the ever-presence of his mother threaten their young love. Le fil is a forbidden love story as well as a character study of people lost in rapidly changing cultures. Don t miss this engaging, insightful and undeniably sexy drama.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a Tunisian film and it's terrific August 3, 2011
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Someone wrote "It was an OK gay flick, but not a great one." This is the mentality that makes me crazy: all the porn-heads who insist upon ghettoizing any film with any homoerotic content whatsoever as "gay." True, like the hammer that can only see nails, if you are a fan of soft-core guy-on-guy action, this movie was o.k. at best. If, however, you care about things like subtle undertones, an intrinsically coherent story, good acting and gorgeous photography, this is one very good film. Long-ago sex pot Claudia Cardinale has aged well into that manipulating chienne from hell who sends good gay boys everywhere straight to their shrink's office. Because the movie is Tunisian and sensitive to contemporary Arab attitudes toward same-gender relationships, The String (it's a pun on "the son" in French) rises to the status of very, very good film. If, however, eye candy is your sole hunger, the men here are indeed very beautiful, but that is far from the filmmaker's sole preoccupation, and true, you'd be better satisfied elsewhere. Have a nice trip, but absolutely do stay out of the deep end until you are a little more grown up. TEKNOZEN 2vii11
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised December 4, 2010
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This was a nice film. I read some of the other reviews and thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did. I half expected more negativity from the Muslim perspective, and was surprised to see that wasn't the focus of the film. It was a tad choppy at certain parts, but overall pretty well done. I'm not sure if I would use the words "torridly romantic" as is used in the description....... I would call it a nice gay romance story with a happy ending. Who doesn't like that? Worth the 3 bucks to rent it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like Hollywood used to make 'em August 28, 2011
By Scadhog
Enjoyable piece of fluff. What is there not to like: gorgeous scenery, gorgeous people (including the still ravishing Claudia Cardinale), happy ending with everyone being open-minded and accepting and loving. Just like Hollywood used to make them. Not a maladjusted, self-destructive person in sight. And that's A-OK with me.

But to view this film as an exploration of "class, cultural and sexual differences", as the DVD case describes it, is ludicrous. Malik and Bilal are going to form political parties? They formed parties all right, but the kind where there's lots of champagne and dancing and everyone is having a good time. "The String" is no more grounded in reality than an Astaire/Rogers movie had anything to do with the Great Depression.

Cardinale and Salim Kechiouche are great. Antonin Stahly is rather stiff, and comes across more as a whiny, spoiled child than as a psychologically damaged man. (And what is it about the string? Apron strings maybe?) Everything about the movie--photography, actors, music--was beautiful.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it for what it is. It is refreshing that perhaps gay films have reached the point where they can emulate old-fashioned Hollywood romance. Not a position to be sneezed at.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salim Kéchiouche is a superstar September 7, 2010
Saw this movie in a movie festival in L.A. last July.
The crowd loved the movie and especially LOVED Salim Kéchiouche.
Too bad he's not mentioned here on Amazon, but he's clearly why people saw the movie.
We all know him from movies by Gaël Morel and François Ozon. Full Speed, Three Dancing Slaves, etc.
Especially his iconic appearance as the boxer in Les Amants Criminels: Criminal Lovers and
Criminal Lovers (AUS) ( Les Amants criminels ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - Australia ]
Wonderful movie. Great acting.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gay film with a happy ending? January 9, 2011
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Absolutely! After viewing so many gay films that end tragically and sad, it is really heartwarming to view this film and smile at the ending! A touching, wonderful film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd Movie, But You Can't Stop Watching September 27, 2011
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Bound by motherly love, interested in a man that is below him on a social scale, the man is imprisoned by who he is and what he really wants to be. It's a roller coaster ride of emotion. One moment you're applauding him and the next, you are actually hating the man for his coldness. Yet, let it be said that truth does find its way through the muddle and pain of a tortured soul. Let's face it. Without truth, why exist? Interesting movie. The filming was rather poor, but the story kept my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film March 4, 2014
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This film was beautiful both in scenery and in performance. The story moved well and the two leading men had excellent chemistry. Claudia Cardinale was a treat to watch as well. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't rent it for a long time b/c of the name April 15, 2013
By Guerry
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But then I saw a trailer for the movie and rented it. What a beautiful movie. Beautiful scenery, beautiful people, well acted... Among the best movies that come up on the 20 pages of recommendations for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars if its not twisted and curl up like strings, its not french gay
as others french gay movie, if its not twisted and curl up like strings, its not french gay movie
Published 11 days ago by Golgi
1.0 out of 5 stars subtitles subtitles
thats all I can say they should tell you when its subtitled foreign movie. want my mo ney back now
Published 27 days ago by Matthew Atwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully crafted film
Sensuous , mysterious, romantic. The characters give depth and personality and the chemistry feels authentic. I recommend, well worth watching.
Published 27 days ago by Thom K. Walters
2.0 out of 5 stars Linda's Thoughts on "The String"
As a rule I enjoy Gay films, and I watch foreign Gay film to understand the issues that exist for the Gay community in other countries. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
love the story!! love a happy ending!!!! I would recommend this movie very highly!! beautiful actors and great acting! Claudia cardinal is a great actress!!
Published 3 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunisian Rom-Com at its best!
This film has all the elements of an excellent rom-com: star crossed lovers, meddlesome relatives, quirky friends, a wedding, a funeral, flash backs, old traditions vs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Gay-themed movie with beautiful happy ending!
The chemistry between the leads was excellent. I always enjoy viewing my life experiences from the perspective of a foreign culture. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I can't believe this only has 4 stars. The scenery was amazing, the characters felt authentic and real, how the relationship unfolded was beautiful, and I really loved seeing this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kirsten
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the String
I like the storyline was quite a good tale, the acting was great, and i would rent this movie again.
Published 4 months ago by bkr
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Gay Love Story
The passion and chemistry between the two men is so believable and strong that it makes 90% of it's competition fizzle out to nothing but teen angst soap operas! Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. de Baun
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