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(aka "Exit Moroc" )

 

directed by Sean Gullette
Morocco/USA 2013

 

Malika (Chaimae Ben Acha), lead singer of the female punk band Traitors, is seeking a way out of Tangiers (as the story begins, they are filming a video for the song "I'm So Bored of Morocco" which criticizes social, political, and police corruption and the exploitation of the poor). A producer (Morjana Alaoui, MARTYRS) shows interest in the songs Malika has sent out and agrees to a recording session, but the band will have to foot the bill for the studio time. As she and her friends scrounge for money, Malika makes it clear that there are things she will not do for money, including prostitution and transporting hashish for wheelchair-bound smuggler Samir (Mourade Zeguendi, JCVD). While "borrowing" money from her mother (Nadia Niazi, THE SATANIC ANGELS) - who works as a hotel maid - she discovers that they are in danger of being evicted because her mechanic father (Abdesselam Bounouacha, FISSURES) has been gambling away what profit he makes at the garage. Wanting to help out her mother and little sister (who is worried that Malika never come back once she gets a chance to venture out of Tangier on tour), Malika takes Samir upon his offer to drive a car up into the mountains and back. Her own mechanical skills are put to use to strip down the car in order to conceal bricks of hashish and cocaine for transport back to the port in Tangiers where Malika's driving hardened companion Amal (Soufia Issami) will board the ferry to France with the car and drive it on to Paris. The trip back is treacherous with police smuggling and anti-terrorism roadblocks, but Malika's decision to help pregnant Amal escape the brutal treatment of drug dealer Haj (Driss Roukhe, SYRIANA) leaves her alone to explain the Amal's disappearance and the whereabouts of the drug-filled car (which she must ditch to support her own alibi) without getting killed.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 20 April 2014 (USA)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:23:39
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio French/Arabic/English Dolby Digital 5.1; French/Arabic/English Dolby Digital stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Original short film version (16;9; 32:31)
• Behind the Scenes (16:9; 4:10)
• Cast and crew biographies
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:47)
• Trailers for 'Human Capital', 'Marie's Story', 'God's Slave', 'Before Your Eyes', 'Amador', and
• 'Ben X'

DVD Release Date: 24 February 2015
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Film Movement's dual-layer DVD features of this high definition film reproduces the rough-hewn look with slightly muddy saturated colors and less-than-fine detail (the untreated video can be seen in the short version of the film from which the feature draws most of its set-up and closing sequences). The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo downmixes are mostly front-oriented with active but not really dynamic surrounds for much of the film. The optional English subtitles translate the main song but not the one heard over the final scenes (although it is partially in English). The disc also includes closed-captioning for the feature.

The most substantial extra is the original short film version of TRAITORS, footage of which was cleverly re-organized and integrated into the main feature. There is no hash-smuggling plot here and the protagonist's relationships with her parents are different, and her motive for needing money is different. Most of the footage is in the feature version and treated to regrading, looking less like video than it does here. The behind the scenes montage is actually from the short version's shoot. The disc also includes biographies for the director and lead actress, the film's trailer, and trailers for other Film Movement titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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