The Bag of Flour

(Le sac de farine)
(France, Belgium, Morocco, 2013, 92 mins, DCP)
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CAST Hiam Abbass, Hafsia Herzi, Mehdi Dehbi, Rania Mellouli, Smain Fairouze
PRODS Gaëtan David, Samy Layani, André Logie
SCR Kadija Leclere, Pierre-Olivier Mornas
CAM Gilles Porte
ED Virgine Messiaen
PROD DES Françoise Joset
MUS Christophe Vervoort
PROD CO La Cie Cinématographique / Sahara Productions / Tchin Tchin Productions
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Bright young Sarah, eight years old and already a lover of books and reading, is learning to negotiate life in a Belgian Catholic orphanage. One day, a man claiming to be her father (he is) shows up with promises of a trip to Paris. A reluctant and frightened Sarah leaves with him, is drugged in their car and wakes up in a village in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. "It’s for your own good. You are Muslim,” she’s told

Leaping forward nine years, teenage Sarah (Hafsia Herzi, The Secret of the Grain) is in the care of stern aunt Yasmine (the superb Hiam Abbass) and coping with hunger and poverty. Director Kadija Leclere’s remarkably immersive film draws from her own abduction experiences to paint a realistic and piercingly bittersweet picture of a life derailed.

"Touches the heart of the old question of the woman’s role in contemporary Arab society. [The film] is held together by beautifully low-key performances from the stately Hiam Abbass and Hafsia Herzi… [A] valiant first feature… Abbass brings redeeming humanity to the cold character of Yasmine, while Herzi is an intriguing mix of latent sensuality and intelligence. This is cleverly shown when, having been called ’an extra mouth to feed,’ she ingeniously solves the family’s money problems through business acumen as well as knitting skills… Gilles Porte’s colourful cinematography enlivens scenes with Technicolor red sweaters, and blankets the village in an elegant, fairy tale light."—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

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