MUCH LOVED (2015)
A film by Nabil Ayouch
Cast: Loubna Abidar, Asmaa Lazrak, Halima Karaouane
In their small apartment Marrakech, Noha, Soukaina and Randa are getting ready for the evening, but the party to which they are invited nothing glamorous as they were incurred as escort girls or maybe more, by rich Saudi Arabian men.
The opening scene of this film is a bunch of women who talks openly about sex, nothing wrong with that because in our society now days it is a common thing, but this take place in Morocco and there is a no-no. Women are not allowed to be independent must get married to depend on a man , sometimes it is an arrange marriage not anymore those days but women are not allowed to talk sex in the open like that. Those women are different they want to be independent but they are prostitutes . Here is a film that is ban in Morocco because of the subject matter. So Avouch sold it over seas.
Avouch hold no punches here it is the brutal realty of prostitution in Morocco today. It is gruesome, real, and dead on. The film feels like a documentary and you see what those prostitutes endure during the process of giving themselves for money. Humiliation, violence, there is kind of desperation. The choice of the subject matter is bold and raw at its purest form. An image of fantasy with the easy money flowing afloat at parties in the luxurious villas of wealthy clients, but also everyday reality far more thankless where, despite some financial autonomy, women are trapped in a lifestyle that slowly destroys their self-esteem Neither preachy nor pessimistic, the film does not shrink the complexity of real life situations experienced by its protagonists, on which the director presents a look of empathy. The director film it in such a way like a lot of close up to see their facial expression. When they have privacy and some quiet times, their faces reveal the personality of each: Noha, big sister, whose protective instincts; Randa, introverted, rebellious and open questioning of his own sexuality. Soukaina, is softer, trying to coexist and has a lucid version of love; and finally Hlima, honest and simple in connection to the world. The director film their lives where at times they can’t stand each other, where they are abuse, and dreaming of a new world where thy are respectable women with money and independent with a respectable job. Life as a prostitute it is not an easy job but it is easy money. And in Morocco when Noha tries to get back to se her mother and her son the mother condemn her but take her money without scruples. That is the gruesome reality in Morocco. They all wants to be loved and want a normal life where they can be respectable but prisoner of their own job. The actors are so natural here is so enjoyable to see.