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A Thousand Months (2003)

Mille mois (original title)
It is the holy month of Ramadan in Morocco in 1981. Amina, accompanied with her seven years old son Mehdi, come to live with her father-in-law Ahmed in a small village in Morocco, after her... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fouad Labied ...
Mehdi
Nezha Rahile ...
Amina
Mohamed Majd ...
Grandfather
Mohammed Afifi ...
Houcine
Abdelati Lambarki ...
Caid
Mohamed Bastaoui ...
Caid's Brother
Brahim Khai ...
The moqadam
Abdellah Chicha ...
Abdelhadi
Mohamed Choubi ...
Hajar Masdouki ...
Saadia
Meryem Massaia ...
Malika
Nabila Baraka ...
Lalla hnia
Mohammed Talibi ...
The Kaid
Faouzi Bensaïdi ...
Samir
Rachid Bencheikh ...
The shepherd
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It is the holy month of Ramadan in Morocco in 1981. Amina, accompanied with her seven years old son Mehdi, come to live with her father-in-law Ahmed in a small village in Morocco, after her husband was arrested for political reasons. The arrest of the father must stay a secret for Mehdi who was told that his father traveled to France for work. Written by Zakaria Rmidi

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Captivating memory film
22 January 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This film divided critics, some of whom found it slow and/or hard to follow. But I agreed with those that loved the rich tapestry of life in a small town in Morocco during Ramadan in 1981.

The film (which is gorgeously shot in a static, presentational style that recalls Kubrick at times) reminded me of films like 'Amarcord' and 'Nashville' – films that capture through multiple story lines the tragedy and comedy of life at a particular moment in a particular place.

What's so interesting here is that the culture is a foreign one to most westerners like myself, so there were moments I was lost, but many more where I felt a world I knew nothing of was being opened up to me, and – as cinema is so great at doing – the common ground we all share was found.

It does get slow at times, no doubt, and I did have a hard time keeping track some of the complex familial relationships. But as a 'memory film' of growing up under a repressive regime in a society both modern and feudal it made me laugh, made me think. and touched my heart.


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