Just got out of Forbidden Lie$, a film by Australian filmmaker Anna Broinowski that starts out as one thing and turns into another. In fact, by the time the film ends, you’re not sure how much of what you just watched was true and how much of it was bunk. All I know for sure is that I loved it!
It’s about Norma Khouri (aka Norma Bagain, who may or may not be wanted by the FBI among others), the author of the best-seller Forbidden Love which is about an alleged “honour killing” in Jordan (wherein a Muslim woman was killed by her family to avenge her dishonouring the family because of a romance with a Christian man). This book is alleged (and generally accepted) to be a hoax. To say that Norma is manipulative and convincing, sneaky and smart is an understatement. She and her massive nerve command and dominate the screen and it is easy to understand how she manages to get away with such amazing shit. ‘Cause, y’see, the book she wrote may not be true at all. Or it may be partly true. Or it could be all true. And she might’ve been abused by her father and her husband and she might’ve stolen $40,000 and a house from her Chicago neighbour (who may or may not have been senile at the time) and she might be wanted by the FBI and she might’ve known somebody named Dalia (or maybe the name was something else) who was killed by her father (or brother). Or mebbe not. Hard to say for sure. This is definitely one of those things that you can draw your own conclusions about, but it sure seems like we meet the World Champeen Con in this film. Continue reading