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Casanegra (2008)

Two childhood friends, Karim and Adil, prowl the streets of Casablanca, their native city. They do not do much, in fact they hustle rather than work. They are also unashamed dreamers, Karim... See full summary »


Youssef Fade (as Youssef Fadel), Haitham Idrissi | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anas El Baz ... Karim (as Anas Elbaz)
Omar Lotfi Omar Lotfi ... Adil
Mohamed Benbrahim Mohamed Benbrahim ... Zrirek
Ghita Tazi ... Nabila
Driss Roukhe Driss Roukhe ... Adil's stepfather
Raouia Raouia ... Adil's Mother (as Fatima Harrandi)
Zakaria Atifi Zakaria Atifi ... Taxi Driver
Boughara Mohamed Boughara Mohamed ... Karim's Father
Haitham Idrissi Haitham Idrissi ... Haitham la tortue
Michel Botbol Michel Botbol ... Ramil
Touria El Hajjaji Touria El Hajjaji ... Karim's Mother
Hassan Essakali Hassan Essakali ... El Hajj (as Hassan Skalli)
Chegra Abdellatif Chegra Abdellatif ... The first scrap dealer
Abdellah Chakiri Abdellah Chakiri ... The second scrap dealer
Kenza Felali Kenza Felali ... Karim's Sister


Two childhood friends, Karim and Adil, prowl the streets of Casablanca, their native city. They do not do much, in fact they hustle rather than work. They are also unashamed dreamers, Karim believing in his "love story" with Nabila, a rich girl, and Adil contemplating emigrating to Sweden but never taking action. One day, the two friends go onto top gear by getting themselves into a big caper... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Marrocan wannabe gangsters
1 August 2016 | by OJTSee all my reviews

Two unemployed petty crime youngsters, Karim and Adil, are both struggling with their own problems and life in Casablanca, Morocco. Adil has a drinking and abusive father. The other has a senile father, but they both dreams of going to Malmø, Sweden, where "everybody gets a job", and bring this best friend Adil there as well. But then he needs to get up with 60.000 dirham (local currency) to people smugglers to get there.

The film is a great postcard of Casablanca, shown as a third main role in the film, both day and night, and soundtrack is very well picked out. Smply perfect.

This is the second feature of director Nour Eddine Lakhmari, which obviously is a very talented film maker. The film is packed with interesting Crater's, especially those on the dark side of the city life.

The film depicts both everyday life, poverty and inequality. What we would call reality. But the film also contains a lot of humour. Maybe that is the main problem for many with this film. the humour isn't always easy to get, being a westerner. It seems like overacting more than funny episodes. Still I guess this is often the case with understanding different cultures. And i also find Amercan comedies tending to do the very same, overacting.

The film is well recommended.

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Release Date:

21 May 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Касанегра See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco See more »


Box Office


EUR1,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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