After making a documentary about immigrants who risk the crossing from Tangier to Europe, the breathtaking feature debut of Leïla Kilani is also about the bitter-sweet dream of globalisation. The 'plank' of the title is a springboard, diving board and pirate plank all at once; a springboard to a richer, more materialistic system - but one that is accompanied by great danger to life.
Badia and Imane are girlfriends who peel prawns during the day in the factory and at night rob men under false pretences. In the streets, they get to know Asma and Nadal, who have jobs in the Free Zone, the European- oriented part of the city. It is primarily Badia, spiritedly played by Soufia Issami, who sees that as an opportunity to gain more wealth. She will have to raise her criminal activities to a riskier level.
Kilani provides a raw and authentic glimpse of the attempts of poor workers/petty thieves to get a better life. As moody as dynamic film noir, in which the shots of Tangier by night contrast with the broad panoramas by daylight.

International title
On the Edge
Filmmaker
Leïla Kilani
Country
Morocco, France
Year
2011
Medium
35mm
Length
106’
Language
French
Producer
Charlotte Vincent, Leïla Kilani
Production Company
Aurora Films, Soccochico Films
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Writer
Leïla Kilani
Cinematography
Eric Devin
Editor
Tina Baz
Production Design
Yann Dury
Music
Wilfried Blanchard
Cast
Soufia Issami, Mouna Bahmad
Website
http://www.aurorafilms.fr/sur-la-planche.html#infos