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Synopsis

Adam is a Moroccan drama film directed by Maryam Touzani. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the Moroccan entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8-year-old daughter, Warda. When Samia, a young pregnant woman knocks on their door, Abla is far from imagining that her life will change forever.

With her debut feature “Adam,” Maryam Touzani allows her audience to sit back and relax comfortably into a beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons. Taking the stories of two women, both frozen in existential stasis, and bringing them together in a predictable yet deeply satisfying manner, the writer-director ensures this scrupulously even two-hander about grief, shame, and the redemption of motherhood doles out emotional comfort food that’s neither too sweet nor too heavy. Graced by two exceptional leads given every opportunity to shine, “Adam” should charm audiences in global art houses.

Running Time 1hr 31m
Rating PG | Mild themes and occasional coarse language
Cast Lubna Azabal, Nissrine Erradil, Douae Belkhaouda, Aziz Hattab, Hasnaa Tamtaoui
Director Maryam Touzani

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