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Much Loved (2015)

A group of women in Morocco make a living as prostitutes in a culture that is very unforgiving toward women in that profession.

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Nabil Ayouch

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Nabil Ayouch
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Credited cast:
Loubna Abidar ... Noha
Asmaa Lazrak ... Randa
Halima Karaouane ... Soukaina
Sara Elhamdi Elalaoui Sara Elhamdi Elalaoui ... Hlima
Abdellah Didane Abdellah Didane ... Said
Danny Boushebel ... Ahmad / Le client saoudien de Randa-Randa's Saudi client
Carlo Brandt ... Jean-Louis / L'amant français de Noha / Noha's French lover
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennaamane El Haulaili Ennaamane El Haulaili ... Katib / Le petit ami de Randa-Randa's boyfriend
Amine Ennaji Amine Ennaji ... Inspecteur principal / Principal inspector
Yousuf Al Idrissi Yousuf Al Idrissi
Muhammad Amine Jadil Muhammad Amine Jadil ... Osama
Aytl Jensen Aytl Jensen
Camélia Montassere ... Le client de Randa / Randa's customer
Mohamed Rezqi Mohamed Rezqi ... Taxi driver
Zainab Zainab
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Marrakech today, Noha, Randa, Soukaina, Hlima and others live a life of love for sale. They're whores, objects of desire. Full of joy and a sense of complicity, dignified and free in their kingdom of women, they overcome the violence of a society that takes advantage of them while at the same time condemning them. Written by Carthage Film Festival

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The film is banned in Morocco for "serious contempt for moral values and Moroccan women" and for "flagrant violation of the Kingdom image". See more »

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La Tebkiche
(Youssef Erraji)
Performed by DJ Youcef feat. Mohamed Reda
(p) 2011 Yein France (c) 2011 Yein Edition
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Good. I wish it was great.
13 January 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

I appreciate how un-judgmental Ayouch is in his 'Much Loved' – a portrait of 4 young prostitutes living together in Marrakech, going to parties with Saudi sheikhs to dance for and ultimate have sex with the men. At the same time they function as a kind of family to hold the world at bay and provide for each other the human tenderness all humans need. (Their real families have rejected them, or left Morocco or died)

The film making never feels exploitive or melodramatic. The life of a medium level hooker in Morocco is shown as neither glamorous nor the depth of hell. It's tough, it's sad, it's degrading, and yet it's clear the world isn't brimming with other ways for these women to make good money, and to live – kinda, sorta – on their own terms. It's also a powerful cry against the abuse of these women in particular but also all women (and gay men) in Morroccos patriarchal society.

On the other hand, I feel like I've been here before more artfully. For example, Paul Thomas Anderson explored how porn stars and crews became each others extended family in "Boogie Nights", but did it with more style, and ultimately more insight and emotion. Whether Lizzie Borden's 'Working Girls' or many other examples, this is hardly new territory if you're not digging deeper than this film does.

Clearly Ayouch is drawn to the outsiders on the edge of society. The three films of his I've seen dealt with; street urchins trying to bury a murdered friend, young boys being trained as terrorists, and now prostitutes. But there's more to exploring these worlds than being real and accepting. For me, all three films (the other two being "Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets" and "Horses of God") while admirable in intent, ultimately didn't go deep enough, and risk feeling like the movie equivalent of an old US 'liberal' TV movie. There's more to really understanding than a lack of moralistic preaching, or accepting the basic humanity of those whom some would deny.

Still, it's well acted, and I appreciated the nice touches of humor and humanity. I just wish it was great.


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Country:

France | Morocco

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

16 September 2015 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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$1,293,716
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