After working for much of his life as a gardener in his dusty Algerian village, Mounir dreams of improving his family’s fortune and gaining a measure of respect by marrying off his narcoleptic sister, Rym, to a “real gentleman.” However, Rym has other plans—she dreams of marrying Mounir’s best friend, Khliffa, who has secretly courted her for years.
When Mounir lashes out at village gossip with a fib that he has promised Rym to a wealthy outsider, she comes out of her sleepy stupor to embrace the rumor and press her real betrothed into action. Beautifully brought to life by a memorable cast—including director Lyes Salem as the cocky but compassionate bumbler Mounir—this heartfelt comedy suggests that when dreams become reality, it’s time to wake up.
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“Undoubtedly, Masquerades marks [director Lyes] Salem out as a talent we’ll certainly be seeing more of; and if his next work is as genial as this, the pleasure will be all ours.”
“This charming romantic comedy suggests that when dreams turn into reality, it’s time to wake up.”
-Museum of Modern Art
‘Masquerades’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Arabic with English subtitles.