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On the Edge (2011)
"Sur la planche" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1 February 2012 (France)
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In Tangier, Badia and Imane, two young Moroccan girls of around twenty, walk in line amongst an army of workers who fill up the city with their coming and going back and forth. They both ... See full summary »

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Nouzha Akel ...
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In Tangier, Badia and Imane, two young Moroccan girls of around twenty, walk in line amongst an army of workers who fill up the city with their coming and going back and forth. They both work in a shrimp-packaging factory, a difficult and humiliating job, where the strong odor of shrimp seeps into the pores of their skin. Badia's hands are busy but her head is idle; she perfumes herself with lies to wash away the shrimp smell and pretends to be someone else. Badia can flap her wings as much as she likes but she'll never fly. Written by Anonymous

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Interesting film but could have been much better when not leaving us so much in the dark about essential things
28 October 2012 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as part of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2012. According to the director during the final Q&A, half of the viewers love this film and the others hate it. I belong to the second category, mainly because of being left in the dark about so many essential things. For example, what was the reason that our main character said her mate to not mingle with the other factory workers. Was it religion, race, immigrants versus natives, or just "company policy" to keep their nightly activities secret?? Also, we had to read between the lines what those nightly activities were exactly. I could have expected some more effort by the film makers to make those things clear (that is what film makers do for a living).

I'm unsure whether the film intentionally wants to make a statement about self sufficient women, who can pull their weight, not needing men to survive in the real world. In this film we see men only appear in side roles, like a factory supervisor, or as targets for being robbed. All actors were non-professionals, according to the director. That positively surprised me a lot, due to quality performances we witnessed.

The synopsis informed us that the story is about our main character wanting to move their nightly business to a higher, more profitable level. That was essential information, and could not be derived from the film itself. Again, a needless attempt to keep important things from us viewers.

I scored a 2 (out of 5) for the audience award when leaving the theater. The reason that I did not score a 1 was the acting, that seemed very natural and very able to compete with professional actors. The reason for the low overall score was a feeling of contempt for the audience that I got, leaving so many things for us to outguess. The story could have got much more flesh when paying more attention for people seeing the film unprepared.


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