Just Like a Woman

Synopsis: Mona (Golshifteh Farahani), 26, an immigrant from North Africa, runs her in-laws' mini market in Chicago. She's married to Mourad, a man who can't stand up to his authoritarian mother. Mona is harassed by her mother-in-law because after five years of marriage, she hasn't been able to get pregnant, something that's considered a shame and a taboo in her culture. Marilyn (Sienna Miller), 29, is a receptionist at a computer repair company. Her marriage with Harvey is on the ropes. The only thing in her life that makes her happy is her belly dance class, a passion shared by Mona. Dancing at family gatherings lifts her spirits up and makes her forget the misery of her daily life. Marilyn shops at Mona's mini-market. They've become friends. One morning, Mona's mother-in-law is found dead in her bed. Mona realizes that she mixed the wrong dose while preparing her medicine. Realizing that she might be accused of murder, Mona runs away and flees Chicago by bus. Marilyn loses her job because of t
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Rachid Bouchareb
Production: Cohen Media Group
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

(door closing)

Never do.

When we're lying in bed

what do you think about?


You're lying.

I'm not.

Don't you think...

what am I doing

with her?

She cannot even

give me a child?


I never think

that way.

We could adopt.


Leila is going to

be very happy.


You want to know

what I'm thinking

when we lie in bed


I wish my mother

would disappear.

You mean die?

That's horrible, Mourad.

I know.

She's your mother.

I'm the one that

should disappear.

(Marilyn) Hi, Frank. Good morning.


(phone ringing)



Who put my stuff in

the trash bag?

It's not funny.

I did it,

I packed your stuff.


Well, because business

isn't good.

It's the recession.

And you don't give

me any notice?

What... I don't

get an explanation?

You're firing me as if I was

some f***in' loser?

This is your

chance to...

a chance to move on.

Do something


You are really sweet.

I think you're really talented. Don't.

Just pay me what

you owe me.

Well, I'll... I can write

you a recommendation letter.

And say that I'm good at

answering the phone

and stacking boxes?

Do you think

you're good people?

Is this how you behave?

who's been in

the company for seven years?

Aside from everything else,

this is f***ing illegal.

Well, then you

can take me to court.

(phone ringing)

Harvey, call me.

(music playing)


Everything is

all right?

I got fired.

I'm sorry.

You'll find

something else.

With a 20%

unemployment rate?

Know her?

She's Samia Gamal.

She was the best dancer

in Egypt.

They didn't even

give me a reason.

Do you have a bag?


How much?

Take it.

(distant horns honking)

(woman grunting)


(Peter) What's going on? (sniffling)

Honey, talk to me.

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