The Blue Caftan (Le bleu du caftan) (12A)
Director: Maryam Touzani
Starring: Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui, Mounia Lamkimel
Drama | Romance | Morocco | 2022
2 hrs 2 mins | Subtitles
The Blue Caftan carries a subtle and unspoken narrative for much of its length. It’s set in Morocco where homosexuality is a criminal offence. Instead of toying with inequity and morals, Maryam Touzani has put together a gentle, complex film – a love story between a gay man and his wife. The couple (Halim & Mina) have been married for 25 years – they don’t have any children of their own. Halim is a tailor of impeccable garments, often ceremonial or wedding Caftans. He is gay and spends time at his local hammam/ steam baths. His wife Mina knows about his sexuality but it is not a topic for discussion, and their intimacy centres around their tailor’s shop and the high quality workmanship they both strive for. When it becomes necessary to employ a new young apprentice (Youssef), the emotional entanglements develop in unexpected ways.
Wednesday 1 Nov. 5.00 pm
Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY
£9.00: £6.50 (students and under 25s)
A screening of the Blue Caftan is also taking place at the Rex in Wareham on Tuesday 31 October at 7.30pm. Click here to book tickets for the Rex showing.