Class cultural and sexual differences are explored in this romantic gay drama set in scorching picturesque Tunisia. Tall quiet Malik (Antonin Stahly) a 30-year-old Parisian architect returns to his homeland after the death of his father. He's greeted warmly by his over-bearing petulant mother (Italian icon Claudia Cardinale) and is immediately confronted with her expectation that he stay and get married. This now strange world of his youth his mother's pressure and his barely hidden homosexuality set off anxiety attacks in Malik who finally finds relief when he meets... the darkly handsome handyman Balil (Salim Kechiouche Full Speed.) They begin a tentative relationship but Islamic mores a still class conscience society and the ever-presence of his mother threaten their burgeoning love. A forbidden love story as well as a character study of people lost in rapidly changing cultures Le Fil is an engaging insightful and undeniably sexy drama [show more]
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Gay-themed drama. When his father dies, Malik (Antonin Stahly) returns home to Tunisia after living in France where he felt he could be openly gay. His mother, Sara (Claudia Cardinale), is unaware of his sexuality until she finds him with another man. Shocked and angry, Sara is unable to come to terms with the situation. Meanwhile, Malik attempts to take care of his widowed mother without allowing his true feelings to be suppressed.