The breaking of her waters at a family gathering mean that 20-yr-old Sofia, daughter of a well-to-do Casablanca family, can no longer deny, to herself or anyone else, that she is pregnant. This will usher in serious consequences in a country – Morocco – where sex out of wedlock is an imprisonable offence. Whisked away from the party by her cousin, she gives birth in a hospital which admits her on condition that she produce her husband within 24 hours or face the consequences. Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes. French with subtitles.
BFS rating: 12
BFS Opinion: Sofia, the main character, hauntingly played by Sara Elmhadi, turns out to be much more than first appearances suggest, and Omar (Hamza Khafif), the hapless guy who agrees to marry her to save the day, turns out via a wonderful plot twist towards the end of the film to be prepared to do almost anything to better his social standing.
“It’s rare to leave the cinema wishing a 90-minute film was longer, but Meryem Benm’Barek’s Sofia shows enough promise to demand a more substantial story… Benm’Barek is brilliant at capturing the unspoken body language that communicates so much…” – One Room With a View.