In a working class neighborhood in Casablanca, Abdellah, a homosexual teen, tries to build his own life within his big family, caught between an authoritarian mother and an older brother, who he adores.
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Abdellah is a young gay man navigating the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Growing up in a large family in a working-class neighborhood, Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores and a handful of predatory older men, in a society that denies his homosexuality. As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he grapples with the loss of his homeland. SALVATION ARMY, the directorial debut for Abdellah Taïa - an acclaimed Moroccan and Arab writer - is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taïa is the first writer of his descent to speak out openly about his homosexuality. Written by
I didn't know it was based on an autobiography. If so, I really hope that they chose the most boring and lamest parts of the book to adapt to the screen.If not, my sympathies to the readers as well. I am no Michael Bay fan, so I wasn't expecting explosions and I really liked movies like "a separation" or "about Elly" but this is just an experimental thing. Let's roll and see what happens. I don't know if I should care about the leading character that it's replaced after a very long hour when time has passed. Should it matter to me his childhood? Did I need such a long character exposition? What for? What is it about his adult life that needs to be explained? I could easily have imagined his background if they had only decided to show his grown-up years. This should have been compressed into a short movie. And like Robert McKee said: "Why the f- are you wasting my two precious hour with your movie?"
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