Archive of films Shouf shouf habibi! / Shouf shouf habibi!

2004, 89 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2004

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.
Eddie Cockrell


Theorema Films
Van Hallstraat 52-1, 1051 HH, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 688 1843
Fax: +31 20 686 3574

NonStop Sales AB
Döbelnsgatan 24, SE 113 52, Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 673 9989, +46 8 673 9980
Fax: +46 8 673 9988

EYE Film Institute Netherlands
IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 207582375

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
Editor: Sytse Kramer
Producer: René Huybrechtse, Joram Willink, Frank Bak
Production: Theorema Films
Cast: Mimoun Oaïssa, Touriya Haoud, Najib Amhali, Frank Lammers
Contact: Theorema Films, NonStop Sales AB, EYE Film Institute Netherlands


Albert ter Heerdt

Claudia Landsberger

Film Institution Rep., Distributor


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