Let’s talk about Tunisian movies, something I should have done from the beginning, considering the fact that I’m tunisian.
I worked with Majdi Smiri, seen what type of person he is, what kind of movies he wanted to do, the style he wanted to adopt, and the atmosphere he wanted to develop. Guy Ritchie or Martin Scorsese, action, crimes, money, mafia etc. You directly feel in his first film, Fausse Note, that he achieved something he felt the urge to do for a long time now, using these influences, and offering himself a gift. Because, this is principally, a personal dream finally achieved, and then shared with the society (basically one the description of Cinema).
However, it is obvious, that somewhere, wanting to make a Tunisian, american-film, is pretty much, throwing a spanner in the works. Now, let’s be honest, for a first movie, the director gathered la crème de la crème of tunisian actors (Lotfi Dziri, Lotfi Abdelli, Dhafer El Abidine etc.) and proved some indisputable potential. Indeed, the way he filmed was pretty good, and reminded me a little bit of Tarantino‘s work, and in one superposition of plan, when one of his character is walking in the hallway, he reminded me of what Kubrick did in Shinning. But he also did a great job in how he managed to work his script; if the beginning is not really that captivating, and convincing, the very second you’re about to drop it out, it gets suddenly gripping and catches your attention until the end of the movie, which is to be continued. And if Fausse Note is not very long, it has a unexpected plot twist.
Majdi Smiri embodies, what I like to call, the New Wave of the Tunisian Cinema, but also embodies, the kind of influence, the american cinema possesses on our culture. Indeed a bunch of various foreign elements are implemented in his movie. Though the director created his proper style, that I would like to qualify, as naive but unpredictable, just like his characters and his script are.
A promising, ambitious filmmaker, that I hope will surprise us, and leave us nothing to criticize for his next work.