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Rock the Casbah (2013)

The whole family is reunited when Sofia comes back for her father's funeral. Quickly, inner problems are revealed.

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Laïla Marrakchi

Writer:

Laïla Marrakchi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morjana Alaoui ... Sofia
Nadine Labaki ... Miriam
Hiam Abbass ... Aicha
Lubna Azabal ... Kenza
Adel Bencherif ... Zakaria
Omar Sharif ... Moulay Hassan Ben Amor
Raouia Raouia ... Yacout (as Fatima Harani 'Raouia')
Assia Bentria Assia Bentria ... Lalla Zaza - Grandmother
Lyès Salem ... Youssef
Hassan El Ganouni Hassan El Ganouni ... Ahmed
Jad Mhidi Senhaji Jad Mhidi Senhaji ... Noah (as Jade Mhidi Senhaji)
Hadi Alaoui Hadi Alaoui ... Mamoun
Mohamed Ayad Mohamed Ayad ... Dr. Berrada
Fatim-Zahra Lahouitar Fatim-Zahra Lahouitar ... Siham
Abdelkader Dourkan Abdelkader Dourkan ... Mohamed (as Abdelkader Dourkane)
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The patriarch in a family of 4 daughters dies suddenly, prompting a reunion between all his children, some of whom haven't seen each other for a long time. In the midst of their mourning for him, secrets are revealed and traditions are upheld. Written by mahajanssen

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A comedy. About a tragedy.

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Drama

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Country:

France | Morocco

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

11 September 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Et hus i Marokko See more »

Filming Locations:

Tangier, Morocco See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Omar Sharif's last appearance in a feature film. See more »

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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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In My Girlish Days
Written by E. Lawler
Performed by Memphis Minnie
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Can't quite find it's tone...
3 January 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

Rock the Casbah starts out like a comedy. Sofia (Morjana Alaoui) returns home to Morocco for the funeral of her father, a wealthy but controlling entrepreneur who, despite dying, appears as a ghost commenting on the proceedings for much of the film. Sofia left claustrophobic Morocco years ago to be an actress in America where her only roles have been as terrorists and generic villains much to her family's shame.

Her sisters are wealthy and judgmental, but they have their own problems and are married to men they don't love but who their father approved of. Furthering the tension in this family reunion is the fact that Sofia was close to her eldest sister who died years ago and who's death she blames on her father.

There is lots of fun cultural and family commentary but when the secrets are revealed they are actually quite dark and disturbing and the last minute shift in tone is so abrupt it's quite jarring in context with the rest of the film.

The actors are great and Laïla Marrakchi has a keen eye for the lifestyle of the rich in Morocco but ultimately the film doesn't make a great impression.


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