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



Give them some time.

You cannot rush things.

Your time is not God's time.

The Lord works in very

mysterious ways.

You can get up now.

I've left some

herbs now this evening.

Yes. You are to boil those herbs.


She has to drink it

right before she goes to be

with her husband, okay?

This is

very important... okay?

$150, God willing, you'll

be a grandmother soon, Nishalla.


Oh, no.


Oh, it's just kids.

Let's get inside.


(woman shouting)

Okay, okay,

it's clean.



If that was my


Do it for me.

(music playing)

Stop it.





Bye! (woman) Bye.

(music playing)

(phone ringing)


Just a second please.


(Frank) What can I do for you?

Line two.

What line?


Okay, I got it.


(phone ringing)


(man) And up, around and

chest two, three and four.

And hips two, three

and four around and...

and four.

And hips two, three

and four, good.

And one and four.

Now hips, one...

four, shimmy and one.

four shimmy again.

One, four, shimmy, good.

One and four, now one.

All right, not bad

you guys, not bad.

What do you

think I'm gonna say?

What do you think

I'm gonna say?

Brains... what am

I gonna say about brains.

Stop using them.

Dance with your body,

with your soul, okay?

Efficiency has no place in dance

especially belly dance, okay.

Enjoy yourselves,

enjoy your hips.

I need much more hips

out of all of you, okay?

All right, just work

on it for a second.

I just need to talk to Marilyn

for a second, if you don't mind.


Did you talk to

Harvey yet?



Look, you're the only one I have

here that has any chance

of getting in that

dance company in Santa Fe.

Now I told

them about you.

Are you gonna audition?

Look, I can't talk to

Harvey... you know, he...

Why not, he's not

doing anything right now.

Well, exactly.

I know what

he'll say.

I just wanna spare myself

the disappointment of not...

and you need this

for yourself, all right?

Promise me you'll talk to him? Yes.



You might just get this.

(TV chatter)

Baby, don't eat that,

your cholesterol.

Well, shame on me.

Maybe if you

were here sooner

I wouldn't have to have

chips for dinner.

Well, it's Tuesday,

I have my class.


Belly dancing.

How could I forget?

What's that

supposed to mean?

Nothing, hey...

I think it's great

that you believe

you can still be

a dancer at your age.

I wish I had that positive


So did you

find anything?

Why would you even

ask me that?

Because I have

a right to know.

You think I'm

not trying?

You think I'm purposefully

not trying to find a job?

You think...

I like this?

Sitting at home watching...

sh*t TV

and getting fat?

Harvey, I'm sorry.

Hey, sweet bird.

I'm sorry.

I'm an a**hole,


I'm sorry... I'm sorry

to make you think

that I thought

you weren't trying.

You wanna start over...


How was your day?

It was okay.

How was your class?

Class was great.

Actually, I wanna...

Did you get

paid today?

Why did...

I'm gonna...

I'm gonna need

a little cash.

What for?

I'm just gonna go out and

blow off some steam.

Well, baby,

I just got home.

Come on.

I wanna make


What if something

opens up.

I want people

to know I'm alive.

So this is like a job search? Yeah.

You know, this is how

people make connections.

Where are you gonna make these

connections, Harvey, some bar?

Where's your purse?

Where's your goddamn purse,


Where it always is.

Don't wait up.

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