The Blue Caftan
Le bleu du caftan
A quiet conflict between tradition and modernity plays out in a Moroccan tailor shop in Maryam Touzani's Cannes prize-winning film.
A superbly acted and emotionally resonant offering.
Mina (Lubna Azabal) and her husband Halim (Saleh Bakri) run a small business making and selling bespoke caftans in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. Halim is a master of his trade, and Mina a canny saleswoman, though their wares don’t come cheap and traditional dress is falling out of favour.
Woven with exquisite care, Maryam Touzani’s Cannes Un Certain Regard-winning drama reveals a beautiful love triangle in a small Moroccan town. Touzani explores a complex marriage with tenderness and grace in a sincere and superbly performed film that unfolds in unexpected and heartening ways.
Uniquely Moroccan while drawing on talents from around the world, the film stars Belgium's Lubna Azabal who many will know from Denis Villeneuve's Incendies, and Israel's Saleh Bakri who appeared in 2017's Wajib: The Wedding Invitation which also screened as part of ACMI's Matinees program. Newcomer Ayoub Missioui rounds out the leading trio.
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