A story in two parts – in the first, Abdellah is about 15 years old. He lives with his parents in Casablanca, Morocco, and discovers his homosexual feelings and also his desire to go to Europe. The first part is colorful and sunny and very North African.
The second part is set 10 years later in a grey and cold and very European Geneva. The protagonist is now a student but poverty-stricken and looking for shelter with the Salvation Army. The film does not feel like a film version of a book. It is beautifully shot – the camera work is by the famous Agnès Godard – and tells the stories soberly and effectively.
Cast: Said Mrini, Karim Ait M’hand, Amine Ennaji
Screenplay: Abdellah Taïa
Director of Photography: Agnes Godard
Film Editor: Françoise Tourmen
Sound: Henri Maikoff
Producer: Hugues Charbonneau
Production Company: Les Films de Pierre
Co-Producer: Marie Ange Luciani, Philippe Martin, Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Frantz Richard
World Sales: Outplay
Director: Abdellah Taïa