Year: 2003
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Fouad Labied, Nezha Rahil, Mohammed Majd, Mohamed Afifi, Mohamed Bastaoui, Abdelati Lambarki L, Brahim Khai, Abdellah Chicha, Mohamed Choubi, Hajar Masdouki, Meryem Massaia, Nabila Baraka, Mohammed Talibi, Faouzi Bensaidi, Rachid Bencheikh, Mohamed Benbrahim, Abdelatif Khamouli, Zakaria Atifi, Abdeladim Chenaoui, Insane Chbihi, Fatima Ait Imni, Hanane Albour, Hajiba Ennaciri, Fatima Imihri, Lamia Jaouhari, Mohammed Benhsain, Abdelfattah Lahouissi, Malika Ajaaboub, Mustapha Ait Dahman, Abdelatif Ouzal, Hassan Ait Lhadj, Mohamed Abgour, Zakaria Bougache, Hicham Masrour, Mohamed Bouksim, Said Amel
Director: Faouzi Bensaidi
Countries: France / Belgium / Morocco
Language: Arabic / French (English subtitles)
UK: 124 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language
UK Release Date: 2 July 2004 (Limited Release - London)


1981 - Morocco, a village in the Atlas Mountains. A city in the distance. A child. A family facing its destiny.

The month of Ramadan.

With her seven year-old son, Mehdi, Amina moves in with her father-in-law, Ahmed, in a village in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Mehdi's father is in prison but the boy believes that he has gone to work in France: his mother and grandfather maintain this illusion for his sake. At school, Mehdi has the privileged task of looking after the teacher's chair. His relationship with the village, his friends and the world revolves around this object.

Sparing Mehdi is Amina and Ahmed's main concern, but at what cost?

The fragile balance of their lives threatens to explode every day...