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.
★★★★★ review by piscesgirlvevo on Letterboxd
thinking about this movie doesn't make me feel like I watched some director get into some heavy trauma porn. it feels like I saw a story that mattered framed into genuine art. alive, moving and staunchly focused on these characters, these women and their relationships with one another and I'm so grateful for that it's such a beautiful movie
★★★★ review by Ali Benzekri on Letterboxd
2nd viewing and Abidar is a still superlative.
★★★★½ review by Ursa monroe on Letterboxd
Morocco doesn't have enough real movies that talk about issues that need attention. This movie holds up a mirror to the corner of moroccan society that we as Moroccans only talk about in hushed tones. Its raw, emotional and beautiful in all the ways that it should be.
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