• Released
  • August 23, 2002
  • NR , 1 hr 40 min
  • Drama
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Satin Rouge Synopsis
A lonely widow (Hiam Abbass) befriends a belly dancer in a cabaret.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Undoubtedly downplays the seamier, less attractive experiences of Arab women and men in Tunisian cabaret culture, and plays up the...
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80

Wall Street Journal

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It's a simple story, exposing the beauty that lives inside difficult relationships, and it leaves you feeling quietly exalted without ever...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Sincere acting and heartfelt filmmaking add energy to this unassuming Tunisian drama.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.
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75

Chicago Tribune

A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman.
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75

Boston Globe

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More than a predictable self-discovery yarn about the caterpillar that turns into a beautiful butterfly.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Both curious from a cultural perspective and refreshing.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Despite some contrived plotting, Amari and Abbass have so much empathy for Lilia's shy self-discovery, it's a pleasure to watch her...
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63

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
A sensual performance from Abbass buoys the flimsy story.
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Though far from perfect -- the film is predictable -- Satin Rouge is a refreshing view of a foreign culture.
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Rated NR