The Blue Caftan

2023 Morocco

Screening: 27th November 2023, 122 minutes

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Following the success of their caftan store in Morocco, Halim and Mina decide to hire an apprentice, Youssef. Slowly Mina discovers how close Halim and Youssef have grown together. A lyrical reflection on love, sacrifice and devotion.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully filmed and acted love story.
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Beautiful.
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Very lovely portrait of a faraway land!
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Beautifully understated. A real treat.
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Very emotionally engaging. A masterpiece.
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Very powerful film. Well acted.
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Powerful film with great acting conveying a lot with few words.
5
A good representation of the death of your partner.
5
'The Great Moroccan Sewing Bee'. A bit long, well acted. Good end of this session. Very emotive.
5
Fascinating cultural insight. Superb acting - loved it. (Though bit long!)
5
Excellent film, well acted, beautiful sets. Poignant story.
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It was a beautifully made film providing an insight into Moroccan life and really moving. What an excellent choice for Fleet Film. Thank you 🙏👏
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Slow to start but thoroughly enjoyed second half. Beautifully poignant.
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Beautiful film. So much love and dignity. Loved the sounds of Moroccan street life. Thank you. Was bit slow though. Cold in auditorium.
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Excellent film. Restrained, subtle. Beautifully filmed & acted. Sensitively directed & produced. So impressed with the gentle revelations.
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Sensitive - understated and so moving. Absolutely enthralled.
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A beautiful love story, two of them.
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Beautifully shot and acted film about love and devotion.
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The film grew on me more and more. Very moving, funny, emotional. Great film.
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Loved the film. An insight into a different society facing universal differences of life.
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A beautiful and touching film about male/female relationships. Halim's love and tenderness towards his wife, his obvious physical attraction towards Youssef (resisted out of respect for Mina), the rather sordid couplings with male strangers at the baths. All against the background of gorgeous fabrics and exquisite craftsmanship. So fitting that the blue kaftan made with such love should clothe Mina in death.
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I gave it 10\10; it's the film that has most moved me in all of my 70ish film-watching years. And its delicacy and understatedness is magical. Having just come back from Morocco, and been in a similar caftan-maker's shop, I found myself identifying even with the business, as well as with the 3 magnificent main characters.
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Interesting - nice and foreign - which I like.
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Such a slow, sad beautiful film.
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A bit too slow but otherwise v. enjoyable.
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A real insight into Moroccan culture. Very moving.
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Sensitive story of love in its many forms. A little long but beautifully done.
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Beautifully acted. Costume was fantastic. Prefer happier film when you're 80+ , death subjects are too close.
4
Like a lot of them, it was slow to get going. But once it did - wow! Loved the tight intimacy of the camera & the positive message. Lovely.
4
Well, it was certainly not what I was expecting. The wife was unfortunately on her last legs having been treated for breast cancer but this was not identified until towards towards the end of the film. The husband was exceptionally caring, good looking and devoted to his wife (but obviously ac/dc). Both were thoroughly supported by the new male apprentice who kept the business running and worked on the beautiful "Blue Caftan" order. In the end the wife passed away and wore the beautiful Caftan for her funeral farewell. Eventually the husband and apprentice acknowledged their attraction and love for one another and hopefully both of them and the business prospered...
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I very much enjoyed this. Only criticism maybe a little long. So interesting to see such a view of Morocco. Very visually appealing.
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Very different but beautiful.
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Unusual but I enjoyed it. I learnt something!
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Better than I expected.
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I found the first half of the film stereotypically stylised and cliched, but as Mina’s health deteriorated the film moved into a space that was delicately handled. The final scenes of mina’s body dressed in the blue caftan being carried by Halim and Youssef were poignant and moving. Thank you Fleet Film, another interesting choice.
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Tragic love story. Very deep. Slow & too long.
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SLOW Loved Morocco. Maybe I liked it more towards the end. Concerned for their eyesight sewing in that poor light.
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Could not make up whether it was playing different religions or just it was so slow.
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Beautiful photography but too slow and a predictable ending.
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Painfully slow & very very sad.
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Too slow burning for me. Great acting though.
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Not for me. Too slow. Unsubtle. Too many 'long' shots.

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