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The Blue Caftan(Le Bleu du caftan)

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France, Morocco, Belgium · 2023
1h 58m
Director Maryam Touzani
Starring Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Messioui, Mounia Lamkimel
Genre Drama, Romance

Halim and Mina run a traditional tailor store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with demanding customers, they hire a talented young man as an apprentice. Slowly, Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by his presence.

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IndieWire by

The Blue Caftan is a film about the many different kinds of love — romantic, platonic, familial, sexual — and the ways they can’t help but intersect at complicated moments in our lives.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

This is compelling storytelling by any standard, its supple rhythms hypnotic, its atmosphere potent and its prevailing hushed tone and intimate camerawork affording us the closest possible access to three characters who in turn are constantly studying one another. The actors playing those three points of a complicated triangle could not be better.


Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

The Blue Caftan is a keenly tuned, non-judgmental exploration of an enduring relationship that has thrived despite the stresses of conflicting desires and the pressures of social norms.


The Playlist by Marya E. Gates

The Blue Caftan deftly explores the complexities of interpersonal and romantic relationships. Halim, Mina, and Youssef share a love for each other and for their shared craft. They want to find happiness in this life without any regard for how society dictates they should. Touzani’s film is a rich, vibrant ode to love in all its many forms.


Variety by Peter Debruge

The Blue Caftan dares to imagine a world where there’s room for both appreciation of the old ways and room to evolve.

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