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Bab Al-Sama Maftuh (1989)

In this Sufi tale, Nadia, a young Moroccan emigre returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is overcome by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful ... See full summary »

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Farida Benlyazid
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Credited cast:
Chaabia Laadraoui Chaabia Laadraoui ... Kirana
Eva Saint-Paul Eva Saint-Paul ... Leila
Zakia Tahri Zakia Tahri ... Nadia
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In this Sufi tale, Nadia, a young Moroccan emigre returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is overcome by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful friendship develops between the two women as they decide to turn the father's palace into a shelter for Muslim women. Written by Cerulean

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Country:

Morocco

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Arabic

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A Door to the Sky See more »

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Indelibly evocative
7 April 2007 | by Aulic ExclusivaSee all my reviews

There is nothing original in the "plot" about the sophisticated émigré who returns to a traditional society only to "find" himself, his real place and beliefs. Fina Torres' ORIANA and Ferzan Ozpetek' s HAMAM have basically similar themes.

What is unique about this film is the rich set of images on screen, the wonderful feeling of Morocco and its life that those images impart. I could not get the ambiance of that traditional Fez house out of my mind for YEARS after I watched this movie! It's as if some atavistic Mediterranean window had been opened in my psyche.

A powerfully evocative picture narrative, never mind what the "characters" do.


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