Directed by Nabil Ayouch
A social drama about four marginalized prostitutes in Marrakech and their complex relations with their families and society at large.
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★★★½ review by eugenen on Letterboxd
Utterly fascinating (and convincing) while it's exploring its milieu (parties and clubs for rich Arabs and Europeans in Marrakesh, at which our protagonists facilitate the hopefully rich sleazeballs' evenings); a bit less so once the plot kicks in, one of the Arab johns turns out to be a closet case, quirky supporting characters are introduced, etc. Ayouch also gets a little plaintive-music-happy during scenes of (what he clearly sees as) his characters degrading themselves for money. Undeniably compelling though, and banned in Morocco, which might be an independent reason to see it.
★★★★ review by Lena Houst on Letterboxd
Hook Paul Feig up with these ladies, cause they're fire! Would liven and enrich even a mediocre film, though Ayouch rather skillfully jumps between brutal and liberating social environments; between emotional hazy and crisply succinct moments. There's perhaps minimal shading to each individual prostitute, save their matriarch, but that just goes to fuel their fiery exchanges, which is where the film's heart lies. A group spat gravitating vaguely around a blender becomes a rather endearing film-defining scene, where humor, lightness and furious anger closely coexist in a communal space.
Any U.S. distributor wanna rise to the task? Seems perfect for Strand Releasing, but Kino Lorber could also be a good home for it.
★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd
"De kijker die hoopt op flink wat erotiek kan beter thuisblijven, want de seks is voor Europese begrippen tamelijk braaf. Maar voor liefhebbers van de betere arthousefilm is er geen enkele reden om dit integere drama te skippen. Boeiend van de eerste tot de laatste minuut."
★★★★½ review by Dániel Hári on Letterboxd
★★★★ review by Francisco Zambrano on Letterboxd
A raw movie about this taboo subject in Maroc. Hard to watch, but a must see. Great intimate cinéma.
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