This kind of story that weaves in so much of the social and economic background of the society far outpaces many Hollywood concoctions. It's fascinating.
"From the first moment, he stages a completely independent woman, who also enforces her will in a male-dominated society - and at the same time teases it. Full of authority, she leads the construction site, unscrupulously forging the plan to smuggle a valuable archaeological relic out of the country and ultimately to betray friends and mistresses to reach the ultimate goal.
"Lubna Azabal - who was born in Belgium, but Moroccan descent and in movies like "Paradise Now", "Body Of Lies" or last in "The woman who sings" left an impression - plays this character with great emphasis and conviction. For quite a while, Dounia's intentions remain unclear, especially as the ambivalence of their actions is further emphasized by a nested narrative style in which time and again bounces back in time."