Archive of films Shouf shouf habibi! / Shouf shouf habibi!
2004, 89 min
Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Amsterdam-set comedy centred on a family of Moroccan immigrants, one of whose sons is a hopelessly confused slacker.
Both laughs and pathos are milked from the ups and downs of keeping home and hearth together in a foreign land in Shouf shouf habibi! Broad comedic strokes and cross-cultural issues leaven the overplotted story of a Moroccan brood coping in contempo Holland, which may explain pic´s record-setting opening weekend in late January. Twenty-year-old Abdullah, or Ab (Mimoun Oaissa), doesn´t know what he´ll do for a living: when an office job doesn´t pan out, he participates in a bank robbery with a trio of chums that goes spectacularly wrong. No-holds-barred humor includes a bit where Ab´s convinced he can become an American movie star because post-9/11 Hollywood will be looking for Middle Eastern talent. Perfs are vibrant overall.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!|
|Director:||Albert ter Heerdt|
|Screenplay:||Albert ter Heerdt, Mimoun Oaïssa|
|Dir. of Photography:||Steve Walker|
|Music:||Vincent van Warmerdam, Cablejuice, Mike Meijer|
|Producer:||René Huybrechtse, Joram Willink, Frank Bak|
|Cast:||Mimoun Oaïssa, Touriya Haoud, Najib Amhali, Frank Lammers|
|Contact:||Theorema Films, NonStop Sales AB, EYE Film Institute Netherlands|
Albert ter Heerdt
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