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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 »

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Youssef Fade (as Youssef Fadel), Haitham Idrissi | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Morocco

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

21 May 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

€1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Morocco's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

Soundtracks

Le Bout
Written by Suna Syal
Performed by Suna Syal
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A powerful attempt at revealing the grungy underworld of Casablanca
16 March 2009 | by ae_aliSee all my reviews

This movie follows the struggle of two young men who, like many, are suffering the woes of unemployment and adapting to an increasingly cosmopolitan and capitalist Morocco. While one dreams of the escaping to "CasaNegra" (meaning "Black House" a play on the city's name "White House), the other is more cynical and is bound to supporting his family.

While this movie seems under-budgeted, the characters are very memorable and powerful, and most of the actors do a great job (although sometimes its a little over the top). The soundtrack is good at times, ill-suited at others, which is unfortunate because it could have made the movie so much more.

The plot line is appropriate, albeit a little stereotypical, but is definitely violent enough to shock people's sensibilities (which is ultimately its aim).

All in all, I would definitely recommend this movie to any and all Moroccans as its definitely a great watch, not at all tedious, and is a powerful wake-up call for our society. Its spiced with humor and lightheartedness, and dredges up the common taboos of our society into plain sight.

As for non-Moroccans, its still a great movie, though you may miss out a little on the dialogue and the linguistic power of the Moroccan dialect.


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