Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces [DVD] [1990]

This witty and sensual story of a boy learning to appreciate the beauty of women has been given a caring presentation for its release on DVD. Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (Halfaouine L'Enfant Des Terrasses) has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in Arabic with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Bonus materials include a gallery of production stills and Camera Arabe, a full-length documentary on the history of Arabic cinema.
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Special Features

  • Camera Arabe (1987): A feature-length documentary on the history of Arab cinema, directed by Ferid Boughedir w/English subtitles
  • Stills gallery
  • Optional English and Spanish subtitles


Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces
In this unusual feature from Tunisia, a twelve-year old boy takes advantage of the erotic opportunities his childhood status gives him to ogle women in his mother's bathhouse, and to spy on the attractive woman next door, who is conducting a clandestine affair with a tradesman whom he is friends with. Eventually, his family hires a young girl as a servant, and thanks to her interest in him, at last he has an opportunity to experience a full-fledged sexual encounter. This coming-of-age story features fairly explicit sexual scenes and female nudity which are not commonly found in films made in Muslim countries. Not only that, but women in it are shown to be frankly sexual beings - yet another departure from the cultural norms. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Mustafa Adouani
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    Rabia Ben Abdallah
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