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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 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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Well shot and it finds its moments, but it's too brief and underdeveloped.
8 November 2014 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

Two stories collide in Morocco as a meek and lonely man goes in search for his brother lost in the Iraqi war whilst predators kidnap a young orphaned girl. He stumbles upon her in his journey and takes her to refuge with an ex-girlfriend, notably played by Marie-Josee Croze, to buy the girl some time. Although it has its share of unconvincing moments where the performances aren't well measured, they're human characters rich in their subtleties. It juxtaposes the naive innocence of the little girl with the anguish of the man in their unique situations. It's about saints and sinners, fulfilment and loss, and having a sense of home and security. The film is quite cryptic in what it's trying to achieve, lacking a distinct tension, and it doesn't close off things the way you would hope, especially given its brisk but sparse 70- minute runtime, but it finds engaging and identifiable moments. The sweeping photography gives the film heaps of atmosphere, capturing the dusts of a ruined life. It's a solid film, but lost potential in what it could've been.


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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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