Prostitutes Noha, Soukaina and Randa help and protect each other. Not just because they are friends, but also out of pure necessity - no one else will. In Marrakesh, prostitution is covertly accepted. Everybody knows it exists, yet prostitutes live marginalised lives.
Nabil Ayouch, whose first film, Mektoub (1997), was also shown in Rotterdam, never chooses comfortable subjects. His previous work, Les chevaux de Dieu (2012), was about boys from the slums of Casablanca who grow into suicide terrorists. Much Loved, praised after premiering in Cannes, again touches a sore spot. In Morocco the film was prohibited. Based on a few excerpts, both the director and leading actress received threats.
Ayouch captures the lives of the three friends in lively and occasionally also dreamlike scenes. The comradery contrasts sharply with their social marginalisation. The film is a cry of encouragement for these strong women.

Filmmaker
Nabil Ayouch
Country
Morocco, France
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
115’
Language
Arabic
Producer
Saïd Hamich, Nabil Ayouch, Eric Poulet
Production Company
Les Films Du Nouveau Monde, Barney Production, Ali n' Productions
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Writer
Nabil Ayouch
Cinematography
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Damien Keyeux
Sound Design
Nassim El Mounabbih
Music
Mike Kourtzer
Cast
Loubna Abidar, Asmaa Lazrak