The sleeping child

The sleeping child

The sleeping child

  Zeinab (Mounia Osfour) has just celebrated her wedding because her husband Hassan sets off along with other residents of the village in northeastern Morocco to Europe to find work there. With the money earned, the men want to support their families back home, so they have it even better, the women are left alone, full of longing. Shortly after the departure of her husband, Zeinab realizes that she is expecting a child. At the urging of her mother, the young woman, the fetus using an ancient practice shall act to put into a sleep state so that the child only comes into the world when his father is back home. In the strict structure of the village dares alone Zeinab friend Halima (Rachida Brakni) to rebel against the power of the ancients. When the time is intolerably long to send video messages including Halima and Zeinab – the only form of communication, because the two women are illiterate – to their husbands in faraway Spain, where they ask you this, but quickly return. It is a grueling period of waiting: are linked to the return of the men, the hopes and wishes for the birth of the child, for a better future …

The Sleeping Child / L’Enfant endormi Yasmine Kassari is first feature film came in 1999 after she shot with Quand les Hommes pleurent already a documentary about segregation, in which indeed the men who live in the Spanish labor exile, were the focus of their interest. For this film, also highlighted the idea for The Sleeping Child / L’Enfant endormi, because what about the women behind the men? How will they cope with the situation? It draws on a centuries-old myth, like few others in the state of waiting and symbolizes inner paralysis, “What interests me is less a sociological or anthropological reading of the myth rather than its metaphoric content,” writes the director in the press booklet on the film. Yasmine Kassaris film lives mainly on the seductive and beautiful camera work by Giorgios Arvanitis, who already worked for Theo Angelopoulos, and Catherine Breillat, rarely was poverty, longing and hope in such a colorful, impressive and never euphemistic, but always see aesthetic pictures. That the film does not lose itself in his paintings, is mainly due to the strong focus on the leading ladies who have been standing on Rachida Brakni never in front of a camera. All the more impressive is their game, which gives the film an almost documentary quality.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The sleeping child Original Title: L’Enfant endormi Country of production: Belgium, Morocco Year of production: 2004 Length : 95 (Min) of material: Cairo Film Distribution

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