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A Tale of Love and Desire (N/C 15+)

16 November

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Ahmed (Sami Outabali), an 18-year-old French-Algerian university student, is bright, reserved, incredibly indecisive and about to fall in love for the first time. Tunisian writer-director Leyla Bouzid's languorous and subtly erotic coming-of-age film touches on feelings of identity and masculinity as well as sexual politics.

At university, Ahmed meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl full of energy, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature he never imagined existed, Ahmed falls head over heels in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it.

Bouzid illustrates the relationship between literature and love in refreshing ways.

The Hollywood Reporter

Warm, passionate and sexy in a well-read kind of way.

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  • Director Leyla Bouzid
  • Cast Sami Outalbali, Zbeida Belhajamor, Diong Keba-Tacu
  • Country France
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Language French with English subtitles
  • Running Time 1h22m
  • Certificate N/C 15+

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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