Synopsis: Mounir Mekbek lives with his family in a small village in the heart of the Algerian countryside. Very proud and sure of himself, he has only one dream- to finally be appreciated by his fellow villagers. Screwing up his carefully maintained image is his headstrong, narcoleptic sister Rym who falls asleep anywhere and whom the village is convinced will end up a spinster. One evening, Mounir returns from town drunk and announces that he's found a suitor for his sister. The fake story snowballs and snowballs until the suitor morphs into a rich, blonde Australian. The village begins preparing for the wedding in earnest - but without a bridegroom in sight.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Lyès Salem
Production: Haut et Court
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
94 min

Pull the wires over

this way. Pull harder!

Easy does it!

Where do you think youre going?

What is this mess?

You call that work?

Theyre coming!

Theyre coming! Take cover!

Hang on, I have customers.

Driss, move the tables aside.

Ive had it with these weddings.

Im staying put. They can

run me over if they want.

- This phone doesnt work!

- It worked before.

- I want my money back!

- No way.


You want me to get

sunstroke, is that it?

Hamza? Hello there, old buddy!

How are you? Whats new?

Its Mounir...

Mounir Mekbel.

Sorry... Its about the microwave.

If you could get one for me...

My wifes driving me crazy.



Look at that, look at that! My God!

They look good, dont they?

Know how much the

Colonel rents them for?

Take a guess.

Go on, say a price.

People would even pay 40,000.

Did he give you the chicken?

Doesnt it have mange?

Dont be stupid,

where do you see mange?

Over there...

Its for my sister,

she loves chicken.

Didnt you have a knife in the car?

- What?

- A knife...

What for?

- Move it!

- Want this in your face? Animal!

Screw it on tight.


Its not for you. You

dont even know how to read.

Turn it over.

There we go.

Throw it away!


- What are you doing?

- We caught a beetle.

Were pulling off

its arms and legs.

- Would you like that done to you?

- Dont touch my son.

Its got a mother too, you know.

- Go home.

- Were playing.

What? I said go home!

- Where were you?

- Where do you think?

If you dont stop,

therell be trouble!

I break my back to get

us food and all you do...

Okay, fine. And the microwave?

The microwave is coming.

Go inside. Whats wrong with you?


Are you still there?

Sleep until tomorrow.

Youll find me under

a blanket of dew.

I dreamt of you three times today.

- More than yesterday...

- And less than tomorrow.

What were you saying?

We were talking

about... Nadias wedding.

Oh, yes. Thats it.

Shes only seen this guy five

times, one hour each time.


And shes going to live

with him... Shes mad.

Hell be under her

thumb in ten days.

- They rented the cortege.

- Theyll do what everyone else does.

- Are you coming?

- Why should I come?

If its to spend the day

drinking tea with the men

its not for me.

Ill take you there and

pick you up, but thats it.

The other day I dreamt

you spoke to Mounir.

Ill talk to him, I swear.

Just give me some time.

How long, Khalifa?

Its been four years.

Let me finish the video club.

If I succeed

people will come from

all over to rent my films.

Itll be easier for me then.

Why is it so important?

Its not important to me. Its

your brother, you know how he is.

Its a pity having

to hide in the dark.

Are you mad at me?

Mounir! Mounir!

Stay with me, my brother!

Its all right,

Im here. Calm down.

Its all over.

What do you do at the Colonels?

- Horticultural engineer.

- Engineer? When did you start?

Three weeks ago.

- How did you get that job?

- Friends in the right places.


Salim, Ill bring my car tomorrow.

Take a look at it.

The air-cons broken.

- Hes needling you.

- Why dont you tell him to go jump?

I thought you could

tell him for me.

Hows Rym?

Just fine, thanks.

Whenever I hear Ryms name

I start to tremble, Hajja!

Cant we joke now

youre a big shot?

Whats your problem?

Tell me, Mr Engineer, when I

hear Ryms name, why do I tremble?

Youre an animal!

- Mounir, come back.

- Hes going to see Ringo.

Stop it! Leave the boy in peace.

Come back, son.

You know Krimos joking. You

cant get mad at him every time.

Who does he think he is?

Ryms a princess. She has

nothing in common with that scum.

Ill marry her to a real

gentleman. Take Mounirs word.

Are you making a collage?

- Whats wrong? Do I need a permit?

- Nothing better to do?

Here I feel like an artist.

For me, art is serious.


Lazy bum, you mean!

Not bad, the gun

sticking out of his ear.

I cant reach Hamza.

I have his number

but he wont answer.

He promised me a microwave.

Yes, okay. Okay.

If you see him,

tell him to call me.

Its urgent. Im counting on you.

Okay, bye.

Thank God...

- Tell me...

- Yes?

Isnt it good that

Nadias getting married?

Sure. But I dont like

how its being done.

Shes only interested in getting

out of her fathers house.

- As for the rest...

- So what?

So what? Its not done! Full stop!

Do you live here or not? Any

idea what people call you?

Ringo! Because you dont do

anything like anyone else.

Are you sleeping here or what?

- Wheres your headscarf?

- I lost it.

Mines with hers.

Im not asleep.

- Leave her alone.

- Why, what was I doing?

Leave her in peace. Let her be.

Did you see her

hairdo? I didnt do it.

She looks like a puppet.

Shes so stiff. I wouldnt

bet a fig on this marriage.

I can hear her from here.

Ranya always has to

criticise. What a hypocrite!

Ignore her. Just enjoy yourself.

Are people having a good time?

Wonderful, look!

How many do you have? I have 100.

Give me a green one.


I want a few. Give me some.

There are plenty in the kitchen.

Oh, my God... Im so

scared about tonight.

Are the pastries okay?

Come on, hell be good

to you. Hell want to...

Look, look!

Mounir! I got it!

Horticulture means flowers.

Youre a flower engineer!

Why not say gardener?

Why dont you talk louder?


engineer. You kill me!

Youre so full of yourself.

Move aside, get out of the way!

She knows shes sick so

why does she bring her?

I cant stand her.

Either she grins like

an idiot or shes asleep.

She wants to meet someone.

In her dreams, maybe.

What she needs is a real brother.

You know Mounir.

You call that a man?

A wimp! Not like my

brother. Hes a Doberman.

With him around, shed

never have fallen ill!

Shed have to get well.

- Why not marry her off?

- You think thats easy? Who to?

The first suitor.

Who wants a family

of handicapped people?

- How do you like my lipstick?

- It was made for you.

- We really are the prettiest.

- Did you ever doubt it?

Calm down, hell explain.

- Come here.

- Leave him alone.

Come here! Speak.

Be gentle.

- Talk or Ill skin you alive!

- They were making fun of her.

- What?

- Be quiet, Amine.

Im fed up! My friends

say I live with a madwoman.

Ranya said no one would marry

her, that shes handicapped.

And that youre a wimp!

You know theyre nasty gossips.

Mounir, pay no attention.

Mounir, forget about it.

Forget it, Mounir.

Bunch of suckers!


Theres going to be

one hell of a wedding.

Next time, the cortege

will leave from my home.

Wake up! Im marrying

off my sister.

To a real gentleman.

His tie alone is worth more

than all of your houses.

You dont believe it, huh?

No problem.

I warned him that would

happen. I told him.

No one will believe me.

Because in my village

theyre a bunch of

backward animals!

Even Rym wont believe her ears.

Hey! I hear you!

I can hear everything you say.

Yes, he knows all about it.

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