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You Promised Me the Sea

Country: France, Language: French, 91 mins

Original Title

L'air de la mer rend libre
  • Director: Nadir Moknèche
  • Writer: Michael Barnes, Naïla Guiguet, Nadir Moknèche
  • Producer: Bertrand Gore, Nathalie Mesuret

CGiii Comment

A bride and groom in an arranged marriage are forced to confront the implications of his secret sex life, in this compelling and complex drama.

Saïd seems reluctant to marry, but his Moroccan-born parents insist. He initially tries to make things work with Hadjira, his bride, but they find themselves at odds as they struggle to understand one another. At the same time, his online cruising results in no shortage of takers for ‘Arab thug’. But that only worsens matters. Something’s got to give, as sexual identity and family collide.

Brian Robinson


Cast & Characters

Youssouf Abi-Ayad (as Saïd Selmi)
Kenza Fortas (as Hadjira)
Saadia Bentaïeb (as Zineb Selmi)
Zinedine Soualem (as Mahmoud Selmi)
Lubna Azabal (as Rabia)
Zahia Dehar (as Fariza)
Arturo Giusi (as Vincent (as Arturo Giusi Perier))
Mehdi Boudina (as Hicham)
Mélissa Barbaud (as La femme d'Hicham)
Karina Testa (as La soeur de Saïd)
Mike N'Guyen (as Hichem)
Vincent Heneine (as Ahmed)
Maï-Li Chasle (as Clara)
Alicia Ionoff-Putra (as Inès)
Oscar Le Roux-Sellin (as Yanis)
Elie Verger (as Jacinte)
Lilas Verger (as Garance)
Marinelly Vaslon (as La fonctionnaire de mairie)
Eddy Frogeais (as Le maire)
Arnaud Stéphan (as Le médecin d'Hadjira)
Caroline Bonis (as Le médecin de Saîd)
Arthur Baldensberger (as Jules)
David Sollazzo (as Jeune homme chez Jules)
Duncan Talhouet (as Edouardo)
Charles-Antoine Masson (as Le chanteur de rue)