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Girl-meets-boy tales aren't so common in southern cinemas, so Abbas Fahdel's unassuming "Yara" is eccentric.He leads tourists on walking tours through the hills and at first seems a sort of mystic -- imploring Yara to treat animals as pals and showing her how to play a nay flute.He drops by to help out with the heavier household chores, saying he regards Yara's gran as his mother, and Yara as his sister -- a remark that doesn't seem threatening at first.Fahdel's fifth film, "Yara" premiered last year at Locarno, and went on to screen at Carthage and the American Film Institute."Yara," he said, was meant to be shot in rural France."Yara" isn't the most engaging film."Yara" is screening at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil.
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