The Blue Caftan

The Blue Caftan
Date: 31/10/2023 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This film won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2022 Cannes Festival and it was Morocco’s official entry for Best International Film at the 2022 Academy Awards. Halim (Saleh Bakri) and his wife Mina (Lubna Azabal) own a caftan shop in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. A stoic master of his craft, Halim sews and embroiders his dazzling handmade caftans in a disappearing tradition inherited from his father, while Mina runs the business side of things – dealing with demanding customers and fabric dealers, and shielding her husband from an impatient world. The couple take on a shy young man named Youssef (Ayoub Missioui) to assist Halim, and together, the two men work on what promises to be Halim’s masterpiece: a glorious blue caftan lined with an intricate gold-patterned trim. Youssef’s arrival arouses a longing in Halim previously expressed only in fleeting rendezvous with strangers at a local bathhouse.

Appropriately enough, The Blue Caftan is full of elegantly woven narrative and emotional threads, giving the work a delicately rendered cumulative impact. The film’s deliberately paced dramatic revelations, rather than existing primarily to further the plot, are in the service of something greater: what at first appears to be a story of secret lives and betrayal destined for a tragic end becomes a nuanced portrait of unconditional love and acceptance at its most radical.

The Blue Caftan

Year: 2022

Country: Morocco

Cert: 12A

Duration: 122 mins

Dir: Maryam Touzani

'A philosophical, tender meditation on love, life, death & expression.'

Venue: William Loveless Hall