The Source. Set in a remote North African village, THE SOURCE focuses on theplight of women in the small community, forced to fetch water from a high mountain spring in the blazing heat. After a tragedy strikes, feisty young bride Leila (rising star Leila Bekhti – Sheitan, Mesrine, A Prophet, winner of the César for Most Promising Newcomer in 2009 for Tout ce qui brille, and L’Oreal’s new face of 2011) encourages thewomen to launch a love strike against their husbands –no more sex until the men pipe running water into the village!
The ensuing battle of the sexes is by turns funny, moving and ultimately uplifting as Mihaileanu’s film deftly explores issues of women’s place in Muslim society, the collision between old worlds and new, and the universal theme of gender division. Aside from Leila Bekhti, the film stars Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass, and Saleh Bakri.