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Casablanca: one day pregnant Samia rings at Abla's bakery - she's looking for work. She can stay for just one night, but many more will follow.

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Two women, two strangers: How do they become friends? This is what Moroccan director Maryam Touzani shows in her self-written feature debut, while also subtly conveying women's position in patriarchal Morocco. Her debut has earned Touzani eight awards so far, partly due to the excellent acting of Loubna Azabal and Nisrin Erradi.

Forty-something Abla (Azabal), eight-year-old Warda's surly and single mother, runs a bakery in Casablanca. One day the unmarried and heavily pregnant Samia (Erradi) turns op at her doorstep, looking for work. Abla would rather send her away immediately, but knowing that she can't just leave a pregnant woman on the street, she lets Samia in to stay the night. One night turns into more, if only because Warda loves Samia. Gradually, a warm friendship blossoms between Abla and her houseguest. Abla's life lightens up a bit. But there is also a baby on the way.


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