I went to see Exit Marrakech yesterday at MOE and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters and feel their pain as each try to heal their wounds.
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – from Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
A German drama film on family, written and directed by Caroline Link who was present at the screening last night. Caroline recalls being in Morocco 20 years ago and being enthralled by its beauty and suspense, she thought it will a perfect setting for her father and son film.
In 2011, I was in Marrakech too and there are things that are familiar to me in the movie and there are things that are new to me. Morocco is beautiful, vibrant and dark… just like the movie. And one thing which is consistent through out the movie with reality is, how nice people were there and how families are important to everyone.
Hafsia Herzi played the role of Karima, who is actually a French actress of Algerian & Tunisian descent. A very beautiful and talented lady.
Samuel Schneider (Ben in the movie) was a wonderful actor, the son with a wonderful heart. Often when we travel to unfamiliar places we have this prejudices or we think we know everything, of how things are or should be, and in the movie it shows, although Ben’s already seventeen, that it’s better to travel with an open heart and mind. That these experiences will make our travels even more enriching to our soul.
Ulrich Tukur who plays the role of Ben’s estranged father, Heinrich, reminds me of Anthony Hopkins.
It’s moving yet not overly dramatic which is good. I find it quite slow sometimes for some reason though, which isn’t necessarily bad. Something a father will like, something that will tug on his heartstrings yet will not make him cry.