SATIN ROUGE (Raja Amari) Rating: NNNN
Belly dancing still labours under a veil of goosy exoticism in the West, but in Tunisia it's both a rich tradition and a local threat. Satin Rouge tells the story of a respectable woman who goes looking for her daughter's boyfriend and finds intoxicating pleasure instead. Director Amari paints this portrait inside the lines of classic melodrama -- a mother hiding secrets from her own daughter, a woman risking all for a taste of outlawed bliss.
Satin Rouge makes its Toronto premiere October 24 at the Bloor Cinema as part of the 11th Moving Pictures Festival Of Dance On Film And Video. The festival opens at the Isabel Bader theatre Wednesday night (October 23) with a new crop of Bravo!FACT dance shorts, and closes October 27 with Liquid Bodies, a program of experimental movement films -- Maya Deren to Gariné Torossian! -- co-presented with the Loop Collective at the Rivoli. (October 23 to 27)