The film premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Un Concern Regard Award. Review of the novel The Blue Caftan by Federico Gironi.
On paper Blue caftan It contains a very simple summary, which should or could prompt a precise development and conclusion.
The protagonist is Halim, A the curseA professional tailor makes traditional caftans. He runs his store in the Moroccan city of Salé with his wife, Mina, who is sick, but determined to stay close to her husband and not quit her job. To meet the demands of increasingly hurried and impatient customers, Halim and Mina take on the young man Youssef as an apprentice and assistant, who is passionate about the art of embroidery and tailoring, but who also becomes a kind of threat to the couple, angering them. She is touched by Halim’s attention and that of Mina, who always pretended to ignore her husband’s somewhat hidden and repressed homosexuality.
Now, based on this initial assumption, it would be easy to predict many of the film’s narrative paths. And then, That of Maryam Touzani It is a film capable of surprisingAnd to give the viewer a series of connotations and considerations that are not easy and clear.
First of all, although it’s obviously a central element, I think it is It’s too reductive to see The Blue Caftan as a film gayIf this means believing that the subject gay Both the power plant, destined to devour everything around it with its political importance.
no: I’m firmly convinced that Touzani’s film is (also) about something else. It’s a movie, of course About love in a broad and complex senseon the different types of love possible, not necessarily linked to sexuality, however Even before that, it is a film about purity, dignity, respect for oneself and others, duty and altruism.
A film that also thinks, in a broad, detailed and never superficial way, about a kind of resistance to the many small and large acts of violence in society, whether that means protecting one’s times and ways of working or learning how to live life with respect for that person. You and what you want.
Her representatives help her (without taking anything from her Ayoub Al MasiwiTranslated by Youssef, Lubna Azabal and Saleh Bakri They are as special as Mina and Halim), Maryam Touzani He creates a film that is formally reflective of all that exists and exciting in content.
His is Very elegant and curvy cinema, decorated with unique details, such as Halim Kaftans (And if we really had to find a flaw, which in the end is not very important, perhaps a little too much aesthetic here and there.) Blue caftan It’s a movie Made of silence, small gestures, looks and movements. Of feelings that are expressed in a tone-deaf and indirect way at first, and which, as events progress, learn to obtain the freedom and security they deserve: in the eyes and hearts of those who feel them and those who witness them.
The development of the triangle formed by the three heroes, and its gradual modification, which is moving in the direction of… Solidity is made of understanding and intimacy It’s poignant, as is Halim’s final gesture: which, in a film made of small, private gestures, takes on a large, public dimension, but it’s never aggressive, never angry, never demanding.
This is another advantage Blue kaftan: This has been shown You can act, fight and even be kind, polite and gentle, but it is no less effective.
Away from the madness and anxiety that is often useless in the era in which we live.