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Itar el-layl (2014)

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
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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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Morocco | USA | Qatar | France | UK


French | Arabic

Release Date:

September 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La Nuit entr'ouverte See more »

Filming Locations:

Azrou, Morocco See more »


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€1,000,000 (estimated)
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This is a wonderful movie. Visually poetic and gracefully put together.
19 October 2014 | by filks1See all my reviews

Why this has been given such low ratings so far can only be a reflection on the users of this database. If ever a film was worthy of actually being made then this is it. There is a beautiful contrast to the themes explored here but at the same time they harmoniously reflect the ways in which we deal with the darker happenings we may encounter in life. I'm not going to write paragraphs here. The message for me was don't hang around in the darkness for longer than you need to, and this is something that is always worthy of being reminded of. Adults get drawn to darkness, children to light. There is sometimes an unjustified amount of attention given to people who appear to have inner sufferings which sometimes makes me wonder if they unknowingly pursue such inner turmoil for this very reason alone. The camera in this movie is certainly drawn to such a character in one of it's main protagonists. Perhaps at times we all indulge suffering, awaiting life's stream to carry us on to the next uplifting chapters. This is cleverly put here in the final scenes. I really enjoyed this movie. Thank you.

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