Cine Expat: Adam

Regie: Maryam Touzani, Marokko, 98 MIN, Arabisch, AL

Cast: Lubna Azabal, Aziz Hattab, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda

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Adam is the feature debut of director Maryam Touzani, who also wrote the script. The film, a ‘beautiful, modest tribute to solidarity and motherhood’ (VPRO), tells the story of two women in modern-day Morocco who offer each other a future.

In Casablanca, the pregnant, unmarried Samia (Nisrin Erradi) is going to door to door, looking for a place to stay. Abla (Lubna Azabal, Incendies) doesn’t open her door to Samia – at first. But as a widow and single mother to Warda, who’s 8 years old Abla know how tough life in Morocco can be and she decides to take the young Samia in.

Gradullay, they find comfort and strength in each other. Samia takes a job in Abla’s bakery and together, they make the most delicious Moroccon delicacies. As they work together, their bond solidifies as they learn to deal with their pasts. 

Adam premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was selected for Un Certain Regard. The film was embraced by the public at Rotterdam’s International Film Festival where it was awarded a score of 4.6 out of 5 in the audience poll.