Just Like a Woman

United Kingdom | 2012 | 90 minutes | Rachid Bouchareb

Two Chicago women—one on the run from the law, the other from her cheating husband—head to Santa Fe to compete in a renowned belly dancing competition.

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From an outsider's perspective, Marilyn (Sienna Miller) and Mona (Golshifteh Farahai) have little in common, one a receptionist at a computer repair company, the other a mini-mart-owning Algerian immigrant. But both Chicago women yearn to break free of their troubled home lives, and when fate intervenes, their paths intersect in this free-spirited road movie in the vein of Thelma & Louise. Returning home to find her husband in the arms of another, Marilyn decides to pack up her car and head to New Mexico, hoping to compete in a renowned belly dancing competition. Along the road she unexpectedly encounters Mona, an acquaintance who shares her affinity for dance. But Mona is harboring a secret: she's on the lam after accidentally poisoning her badgering mother-in-law. Making his English-language debut, French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb presents a slice of Americana, detailing the ways in which the United States interacts with the Arab world.

Director Biography
Since his first film (Bâton Rouge, 1985), Rachid Bouchareb has made works questioning immigration, rootlessness, and mixed cultures. Born in Paris to an immigrated Algerian family, he was long seen as a curio within the French cinema. His most important success so far has been Days of Glory, which won a collective interpretation prize at Cannes in 2006 and was a big hit at the French box office. Bouchareb served as a jury member at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Principal Cast: Sienna Miller, Roschdy Zem, Golshifeh Farahani
Country: United Kingdom, USA, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Jean Breat
Screenplay: Marion Doussot, Joelle Touma, Rachid Bouchareb
Cinematographers: Christophe Beaucarne
Editors: Yannick Kergoat, Matt Garner
Music: Éric Neveux
Website: http://www.cohenmedia.net/just-like-a-woman/synopsis/
Filmography: Outside the Law (2010); London River (2009); Days of Glory (2006); Little Senegal (2000); Dust of Life (1994); Cheb (1991); Baton Rouge (1985)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
International Sales: Cohen Media Group
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