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Direction: Maryam Touzani

Year: 2019

Duration: 98 min.

Country: Morocco

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

Script: Maryam Touzani, Nabil Ayouch

Genre: Drama | Friendship. Family

Photography: Virginie Surdej

Production company: Co-production Morocco-France-Belgium; Ali n ‘Productions, Les films du nouveau monde, Artemis Films

Release in Spain: 06/11/2020

Distributor in Spain : Karma Films

Original version: Arabic with Spanish subtitles.

2019: Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard (Official Selection)

2019: Valladolid Festival – Seminci: Official Section


Abla runs a humble bakery in her own home in Casablanca, where she lives alone with her 8-year-old daughter, Warda. His routine, dictated by work and housework, is interrupted one day when someone knocks on his door. It is about Samia, a young pregnant woman looking for a job and shelter. The little girl is attracted to the newcomer from the first moment, but the mother is initially opposed to welcoming the stranger into her home. Little by little, however, Abla’s determination fades and Samia’s arrival opens up the possibility of a new life for the three of them.


“With a careful and precise look, the Moroccan maryam Touzani is enough three characters, a young pregnant woman, a widow in charge of a pastry shop and her little daughter, to tackle issues as complex as the stigma of single mothers in Morocco or the depression and its terrible effects on parenting “

A surprising debut feature in which its director delves into different forms of pain and abandonment and its devastating consequences for motherhood. The main characters are played by Lubna Azabal and Nisrine Erradi, actresses whose claw lifts the two lost women who give life. The survival instinct, the bitterness and the loneliness they carry with them is contrasted with the innocent gaze of the pastry chef’s daughter and in a more abstract way with the mute witness who is about to be born.

Although the entire film revolves around the two women, Touzani never forgets the place of the girl and the baby. They are the ones who put the two adults in front of a bittersweet mirror. Endowed with an underground carnality, the film passes through a very dark background that, thanks to the respectful tone of its director, flees from squalor to allow the film to walk without apparent effort, impregnated with an intimate and warm gaze where neither is judged nor nothing is imposed, to make room for the contradictory feelings that trap the characters.

Because Adam speaks of the friendship between two women, of their ghosts and their wounds and, above all, of the inner battle they wage against a society that crushes them. A society out of the field whose shadow we feel above through their skin. Touzani, always glued to the expressive eyes of her actresses, points to what surrounds them without having to show it, from a calculated distance, sometimes even out of focus and blurred, that peeks out from that symbolic window that represents the counter of the small pastry shop. An opaque society that punishes any family model that is not the traditional one and that orphans women who advance alone.

Next screening: January 20, 2022

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