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Layla, Ma Raison (1989)

Majnoun Layla (original title)
Ever since childhood, Qays has been in love with Layla, whose feelings are reciprocal. Qays, being a poet, sings of his love, crying it out joyously far and wide - just the sort of ... See full summary »

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Taieb Louhichi
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Credited cast:
Sid Ahmed Agoumi Sid Ahmed Agoumi ... L'envoyé du Prince
Tarik Akan ... Mecnun
Fatma Ben Saïdane Fatma Ben Saïdane ... La muette
Safy Boutella Safy Boutella ... Qays-Majnûn
Abderrahmane El Rachi Abderrahmane El Rachi ... Le père de Layla
Fatima Hellilou Fatima Hellilou ... La mère de Qays
Anca Nicola Anca Nicola ... Layla
Mouna Noureddine Mouna Noureddine ... La mère de Layla
Hichem Rostom Hichem Rostom ... Le mari de Layla
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Ever since childhood, Qays has been in love with Layla, whose feelings are reciprocal. Qays, being a poet, sings of his love, crying it out joyously far and wide - just the sort of proclamation which was strictly condemned at the time. Despite this unacceptable affront which Qays, son of a nobleman has made toward Layla, her father does not frown upon their marriage. nevertheless, Qays did indeed dare, to sing out in public of his passion and lust for this man's daughter...Layla's father therefore forbids Qays to see her again, and in his fervor sought and obtained the Prince's permission to have him killed if he persisted. Distraught and yet fearless, Qays stubbornly persists, proclaiming his love even stronger and louder than before for Layla, who remains trapped by her own clan. Little by little, the increasing obstacles cause Qays to lose his mind, and he now becomes Majnun, the 'Fool'. Majnun then slips into the oblivion of the desert, into hiding, coming out only to wander ... Written by Taïeb Louhichi

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Excellent retelling of the Arabic "Romeo and Juliet"
6 June 2009 | by naqshbandiSee all my reviews

I saw this years ago when it showed on Channel 4 in England. It is a French-Tunisian film aka Laila Ma Raison and tells the historic love story between Qays, a poet, and his sweetheart, Layla, and how he is driven to madness by her father's refusal to agree to their marriage due to caste differences. He roams the deserts and becomes a wandering dervish till people call him Majnun (Mad/Possessed). The story of Layla and Majnun is legendary throughout the Middle East and the Subcontinent and many film versions have been made, for example by Bollywood, but this is by far the best and realistic.

Highly recommended.


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Country:

Tunisia | Algeria | France

Language:

Turkish

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1989 (Tunisia) See more »

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CAAIC, Tanit Productions See more »
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