A review of Fatima by Rob Mason


Fatima is the universal story of a solo mothers’ efforts to raise her two daughters on a limited budget.
The film is based on the poetry and short prose collections, “Prayer to the Moon,” and “I can walk alone” by Fatima Elaoubi, published in Arabic in France. The three main actresses, Fatima the mother and the two daughters were non-professional actresses who had the same or similar background to the characters they portray in the film.

The film is about Fatima: a Moroccan immigrant now living in Lyon, and her two daughters who get to tackle specific issues of life; Fatima’s difficult middle class employer, the landlord who doesn’t like women wearing the veil, and the outbursts from the younger daughter Souad, at her mother.

The part of Fatima is played by Soria Zeroual  from Lyon. Fatima’s daughters who are 15 and 18 are played by young women who want to become actresses, but who haven’t played many parts yet. Zita Hanrot who plays the eldest daughter, was trained at the Conservatorie de Paris and Kenza-Noah Aiche appeared in a short film.

The film was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Prix Louis-Delluc for Best Film in December 2015. It received four nominations at the 41st César Awards and won Best Film, Most Promising Actress and Best Adaptation. (IMDb page)


Philippe Faucon

Pyramide Films

Runtime: 79 min