À la Recherche du Mari de ma Femme (1994)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Domestic Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Morocco  |  
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This Moroccan comedy parodies the intricate Islamic laws of polygamy. This colorful tale is set in a modern middle-class harem. The three women in the harem are wed to Hadj, an endearingly rotund gold merchant. Each of the wives hails from a different generation. They get along quite well and have divided up their "wifely duties" evenly. Things are just swell until Hadj gets mad at the youngest wife and throws her out. She returns to her parents. She then cuts her hair and buys more modern clothes. Poor Hadj feels terribly guilty for his hasty actions. He misses her and wants her back. Unfortunately, according to Islamic law, he cannot remarry her until she weds and is rejected by another.

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harem, Islam, merchant, wife, marriage, polygamy