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(aka "A Summer in La Goulette")

 

Directed by Férid Boughedir
Tunisia | France | Belgium 1996

 

Three teenage girlfriends (one is Jewish, another Muslim, and the third Catholic) live in an apartment complex near Goulette beach in 1967, and during the summer they make a pact to lose their virginity. When news of their increasingly bold behavior reaches their respective families, fingers are pointed in every direction for their socially and religiously embarrassing activities. A Summer in La Goulette is a coming-of-age tale based on Boughedir’s own childhood memories, a charming tale of awakening and multi-cultural misunderstanding that also includes a special appearance by screen legend, and Tunis’ own, Claudia Cardinale! Shot in the warm amber glow of nostalgia, it beautifully captures the end of innocence.

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Set in a Tunisian melting-pot town in 1967 and loosely based on the reminiscences of filmmaker Ferid Boughedir, this bittersweet comedy-drama tells the tale of how the secret conspiracy between three teen girls to lose their virginity before they turn seventeen wreaks havoc on the lives and friendships between their disparate families. The fathers have known each other many years, but underneath their friendship lies a silent but strong undercurrent of tension that relates to their different religions and ethnic origins. One family is Muslim, one is Jewish and the last is Roman Catholic. The trouble erupts because each of the girls choose to dally with men outside their religions. 

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 26th, 1996 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:37.778        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,061,071,113 bytes

Feature: 22,853,001,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.9 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio Arabic 3596 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3596 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Arabic 2011 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2011 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,061,071,113 bytes

Feature: 22,853,001,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.9 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

ZouZou in the Arab Spring trailer (1:36)


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 16th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Kino Lorber bring Férid Boughedir's Tunisian quasi sex-comedy / cultural-exposure drama A Summer in La Goulette to Blu-ray. It's on a single-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a reasonable bitrate. The film seems to be a bit on the dark side visually with a few deeper colors (teal-heavy in one scene) and a generally thick image in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. I am surprised as the less-effective image for a relatively modern film but it looks quite pleasing in-motion and there is no damage or marks with the transfer exporting a consistent presentation. 

The audio transfer gives the option of two DTS-HD Master 24-bit tracks; a 5.1 surround and a 2.0 channel stereo - both in the original Arabic language with some French and Italian. There are few separation effects and nothing particularly aggressive in term of audio in the film which features a score credited to Jean-Marie Sénia (Celine and Julie Go Boating
). The audio quality is decent and dialogue is clear and audible. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino
Blu-ray is essentially bare-bones with only a trailer for the simultaneously released, Zizou & Arab Spring (aka Parfum de Printemps).

A Summer in La Goulette is pretty amusing at times and the cheescake-ie visuals surprising, at least to me, from an Arab-language film. I appreciated the challenges to the old cultural identity and found the film a unique and rewarding experience. The Kino
Blu-ray is bare-bones so the value lies in seeing the film in HD. I think many would enjoy it.

Gary Tooze

 


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