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Kandisha (2008)

Shattered by the loss of her child, Nyla Jayde, a brilliant criminal defense attorney, takes on a case involving a 14th century Moroccan legend, a vengeful spirit named "Kandisha".
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Credited cast:
Hiam Abbass ... Mona Bendrissi
Amal Ayouch Amal Ayouch ... Dr. Maliki
Khalid Benchagra Khalid Benchagra ... Le procureur
Assaad Bouab ... The Cabalist
David Carradine ... The American
Amira Casar ... Nyla Jayde
Michaël Cohen ... Mehdi Jayde
Hassan Essakali Hassan Essakali ... The Judge (as Hassan Skalli)
Karim Saidi Karim Saidi
Lénaïc Sarrazin Lénaïc Sarrazin ... MIKA
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Dakir Nesri
Mourad Zaoui ... Jamil


Shattered by the loss of her child, Nyla Jayde, a brilliant criminal defense attorney, takes on a case involving a 14th century Moroccan legend, a vengeful spirit named "Kandisha".

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Legends never die


Not Rated


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Arabic | English | French

Release Date:

5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кандиша See more »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the beggar scene, his shirt comes out of his sweater on the right side of his neck. In the next scene, it comes out on his left. See more »

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Moroccan cult classic
14 December 2009 | by marlev23See all my reviews

I've seen the film at the palm spring international film fest. first off, this is not a horror film. is this good or bad? i guess it depends which way you look at it. there is very little Graphic horror in the movie and this is not the reason i enjoyed the film anyway. what the film has going for itself is a kind of subdued emotional pinch that sips into you like morphine (or any of its medical derivatives). here, it is clear that the influences of Guillermo del Toro played a role in designing this unusual journey through fantasy. the film is low budget but looks expensive. A friend of mine who has been to Morocco has actually met one of the crew members of "Kandisha" and from what he recalls from his conversation is that , it seemed that the director knew what he was doing. and it shows. Every shot in this film is thought of carefully. every piece of dialog has one purpose only and it is to help the characters and the plot evolve. Kandisha is an example in academic film-making. Basic grammar brought to a level of sophistication that ultimately becomes so simple that it feels like 1+1=2. I have read in a review that the director's first feature "cool crime" was largely influenced by the work of David lynch. now I understand better why Kandisha works so well on an emotional standpoint. It is because everything about this gem of a movie has unconscious influences from masters. Again is that good or bad? The answer is simple. If you want to become someone to be reckoned with in Hollywood, you better have your sh.. (sorry) together. This guy, J. Cohen Oliver has it together, and I will bet you my last lunch at Wendy's that his next movie will be aimed at a much bigger audience... In the meantime, congratulations for coming out of the woods in such a simple, magical way...

Dee Rasmussen

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