16–26 Apr 2021
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A gentle and deeply empathetic reflection on motherhood and friendship.
Poignant and involving … a beautiful story of two women who transform each other's lives.
On the bustling streets of the medina in Casablanca, the pregnant and unwedded Samia (Nisrin Erradi) knocks hopefully on doors in search of work and lodgings. Her situation is dire in Moroccan society, and when no one will take her in, widower Abla (Lubna Azabal) reluctantly allows her to stay – but only for a few days.
Still frozen with grief by her husband's untimely death, Abla forbids her young daughter Warda (Douae Belkhaouda in a charming turn) from interacting with Samia, and refuses Samia's offers to help out in Abla's bakery. With time, however, Samia's playful spirit begin to thaw Abla's steely demeanour, and joy returns to the house again.
Moroccan director and screenwriter Maryam Touzani's feature debut played in Cannes' Un Certain Regard in 2019.
READ: Baking is the recipe for healing in a new Moroccan film
Stephanie Bunbury, Sydney Morning Herald, Sep 2020
LISTEN: Transformation, nostalgia and an Australian icon
Jason Di Rosso, The Screen Show, Sep 2020
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