This is certainly not the first door Samia has knocked on. And Abla, too, wants to send away this pregnant young woman who turns up out of the blue asking for help. But Abla's eight-year-old daughter Warda has other ideas. Alright then: she'll take this lost soul in for a few nights.

In this modest, empathetic directorial debut it's immediately apparent that the lives of these two women are marked by Morocco's patriarchal society. Samia, unmarried and pregnant, is running from something on the streets of Casablanca. For Abla, widowed and a single mother, her small home and the adjoining bakery she runs are her fortress, protecting her from the outside world.

The details are incrementally revealed of how they came to be where they are, as the women – subtly played by international star Loubna Azabal and Nisrin Erradi – gradually become closer to one another. A little like the ingredients for Abla's bread, which only yield their secrets if kneaded together with skill and love.

Filmmaker
Maryam Touzani
Country
Morocco, France
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
98’
Language
Arabic
Producer
Nabil Ayouch
Production Company
Ali n' Productions
Sales
Films Boutique
Writer
Maryam Touzani
Cinematography
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Julie Naas
Production Design
Pilar Peredo
Sound Design
Nassim El Mounabbih
Cast
Lubna Azabal, Douae Belkhaouda, Nisrin Erradi, Aziz Hattab, Hasna Tamtaoui