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The Narrow Frame of Midnight (2014)

Itar el-layl (original title)
A man in search of his brother and a young girl in search of a home, both running toward an unknown future. One finds freedom, the other death.


Tala Hadid
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Khalid Abdalla ... Zacaria
Marie-Josée Croze ... Judith
Fadwa Boujouane ... Aicha
Hocine Choutri Hocine Choutri ... Abbas
Majdouline Idrissi ... Nadia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aniss Elkohen Aniss Elkohen ... Haitam
Hindi Zahra ... Milouda


A young orphan, Aicha, is found alone in the forests of central Morocco. She has a personal history that reveals a courageous attempt at self-determination. Taken and sold from her home in the hills of the Atlas mountains, Aicha finds herself at the mercy of Abbas, a petty criminal, and his conflicted girlfriend, Nadia. They soon cross paths with Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer, who has left everything behind- including a passionate relationship with a teacher, Judith- to follow in the path of and search for his missing brother. The group embarks on a journey that will lead them from Morocco, to Istanbul, across the plains of Kurdistan, to Iraq and beyond. Written by Anonymous

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How do migrants and refugees find their place in the world ?
22 March 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Moroccan film 'The Narrow Frame of Midnight' is helmed by Tala Hadid whose directorial credits include a full length documentary film "Scared Poet" on maverick Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. For this film, she chose to chart the journey of several characters who struggle to find their place in the world; in search of the living and the dead, of the others and of themselves. Although their destinies eventually diverge, they are connected in profound ways. For a story about the kidnapping of a small girl child by a petty criminal the pace of this film is rather slow. A state of 'non belonging' quasi synonymous with 'no man's land' is created when these two vulnerable souls are joined by a resolutely stubborn writer who has left everything behind in order to embark on a mission to search for his missing brother. There is a key focus on one of 21st century's biggest 'human' problems-displacement of people due to various reasons. The fields and planes of Istanbul, Kurdistan and Morocco paint a grim reminder of the pathetic conditions of exiles, migrants, nomads and refugees. The concept of the film is absolutely unique to a large extent that its making has come to be regarded as the breath of fresh air. Despite these nice qualities, this film suffers to a huge extent as its execution is bad. One key aspect of the film is that it manages to create a certain kind of suspense.

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September 2014 (Canada) See more »

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La Nuit entr'ouverte See more »

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Azrou, Morocco See more »


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EUR1,000,000 (estimated)
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