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A Feature film by Nabil Ayouch

Produced by Shem's, Playtime

Release in France : 15/09/1999

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Shem's, Playtime

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Taoufik, a doctor from Casablanca, goes to Tangiers to attend an ophthalmology conference. He takes advantage of the occasion to celebrate his first wedding anniversary with his wife Sophia. Taoufik is drugged during a dinner and mysterious characters kidnap Sophia. They lock her up and rape her, filming it all the while. Taoufik gets back in touch with his brother Kamel, a disillusioned, nihilistic cop. It's a stormy reunion. Taoufik steals his brother's gun, and makes his way to where Sophia is being held captive. Shocked by the videotape of the rape, he kills a man. He and Sophia make their getaway across Morocco. . . .


Morocco's splendors have fascinated generations of foreign film-makers; Moroccans themselves started to shoot films in the fifties. Moroccan cinema has gone through various ups and downs and it's only in the last few years that we can note a revival. Nabil Ayouch isn't yet thirty, but remember his name – he's a film-maker we're going to be hearing a lot about. This movie, brilliantly and excitingly edited in a classic thriller mode, is a gripping depiction of a country where modernity and tradition co-exist. Moroccan reality pulses throughout this chase film.

Frédéric Mitterrand – Head Curator, "Temps du Maroc" Show, excerpt from press folder

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Full credits (8)

Executive Producers :

Jean Cottin, Étienne Comar

Producer :

Thierry Boscheron

Director of Photography :

Vincent Mathias

Press Attaché (film) :

Mounia Baïnouti

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Youssef Fadel, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Screenwriter :

Nabil Ayouch

Sound Recordist :

François Guillaume

Editor :

Jean-Robert Thomann

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Feature film

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Morocco, France

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Minority French (Morocco, France)

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1 h 30 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Berlin - Youth Film Forum - 1999

Berlin - Youth Film Forum (Germany, 1999)


Feature Film Forum