2015, Nabil Ayouch, France/Morocco, 104 min. With Loubna Abidar, Halima Karaouane.
- Fri, May 26th 8:15pm
- Mon, May 29th 5:15pm
“A vivid, non-judgmental picture of a marginal female subculture…The performances are terrifically natural.” — Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
Following its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, this latest film by veteran controversialist Ayouch (HORSES OF GOD, MEKTOUB) caused an uproar in Morocco, where the film was banned and its actors subjected to death threats. The cause of the controversy was its frank, bawdy, and compassionate depiction of prostitution in Marrakesh, where the flesh trade, although officially illegal, is the backbone of a flourishing sex-tourism economy patronized by wealthy Europeans and Middle Easterners. The story focuses on four prostitutes (vigorously portrayed by nonprofessional actors) who live and work together, ferried by their taciturn chauffeur to anything-goes parties. Degraded by their clients and despised by the families whom their earnings support, the women struggle to steal moments of tenderness and hope in face of an uncertain future. In Arabic and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Note: Contains explicit sexual activity.