Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

A Son

Year: 2019
Language: Arabic, French
Run Time: 96 minutes

A Son
A Son
A Son
A Son

In late summer of 2011, just after the Tunisian revolution, Fares and Meriem Ben Youssef enjoy the last days of their summer holiday with their 11-year-old son, Aziz. The Ben Youssef’s pride themselves on being a modern, independent family—they work successful jobs, joke about religion and politics, and blast pop music in their SUV. While driving home from the south, the family is abruptly caught in an ambush by an armed group. In the chaos, Aziz is hit with a stray bullet and must be rushed to the nearest hospital. Alive but in critical condition, he is in desperate need of a liver transplant. When the Ben Youssefs are tested as potential donors, neither parent is a proper match. And a past transgression is uncovered, creating unexpected ripples in their fate. At the mercy of the donor waiting list, Tunisian law, and increasing strain on their relationship, Fares and Meriem pursue separate, last-ditch plans— legal or otherwise—to save Aziz. A superbly acted drama, A SON pushes one family to the brink of collapse, reminding us that family— and devotion to it—is not determined by blood. (In Arabic and French with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 9:15 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

African Diaspora
Voices of the Arab World


Mehdi M. Barsaoui

Marc Irmer, Habib Attia

Mehdi M. Barsaoui

Antoine Héberlé

Camille Toubkis

Principal Cast
Sami Bouajila, Najla Ben Abdallah, Youssef Khemiri

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