The Blue Caftan
Please note this film is being screened as part of the Woodbridge Film Society's 2023/2024 season and is therefore not open to the general public. You can read more about becoming a member here.
Tenderness, desire and emotional intrigue are elegantly woven into the fabric of Maryam Touzani’s Moroccan drama, featuring a superb performance by Lubna Azabal.
Hand-stitched with loving care, this mature, resonant drama is the latest from Touzani, writer-director of 2019’s Adam. It’s set in Moroccan town Salé, where Mina (Azabal) runs a small shop selling traditional caftans created by her husband, master tailor Halim (Saleh Bakri). Such an artisanal enterprise is bound to struggle in the modern world, and further complications arise when Halim, secretly gay, finds himself attracted to the shop’s new apprentice Youssef (Ayoub Missioui). The Blue Caftan is an emotionally complex, richly empathetic depiction of a partnership sustained through storms and challenges, with Azabal and Bakri exuding a warm, gently crackling chemistry. Superb performances, sly humour, Virginie Surdej’s glowing photography and a strong throughline of social defiance make this a profoundly satisfying pleasure.
Programme Type: Film
Strand Type: WFS
Director: Maryam Touzani
Cast: Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui
Running Time: 122 minutes