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Kandisha (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Fantasy, Horror | 5 April 2015 (USA)
Shattered by the loss of her child, Nyla Jayde, a brilliant criminal defense attorney, takes on a case involving a 14th century Moroccan legend, a vengeful spirit named "Kandisha".
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Credited cast:
Hiam Abbass ... Mona Bendrissi
Amal Ayouch Amal Ayouch ... Dr. Maliki
Khalid Benchagra Khalid Benchagra ... Le procureur
Assaad Bouab ... The Cabalist
David Carradine ... The American
Amira Casar ... Nyla Jayde
Michaël Cohen ... Mehdi Jayde
Hassan Essakali Hassan Essakali ... The Judge (as Hassan Skalli)
Karim Saidi Karim Saidi
Lénaïc Sarrazin Lénaïc Sarrazin ... MIKA
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Dakir Nesri
Mourad Zaoui ... Jamil


Shattered by the loss of her child, Nyla Jayde, a brilliant criminal defense attorney, takes on a case involving a 14th century Moroccan legend, a vengeful spirit named "Kandisha".

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Legends never die


Not Rated


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Arabic | English | French

Release Date:

5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кандиша See more »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fascinating legend
21 January 2009 | by carsoncinemaSee all my reviews

Rarely does a film offer more that what truly defines it. Kandisha, in a way, does just that. The plot in itself is not what makes the film so unique, rather, it is the combination of drama, mystery and horror, that give the movie its edge. It is clear that Cohen Olivar draws his inspiration from Korean and Spanish cinema but he does in a way that's so different and new that it leaves you guessing. The guy toys with you. There is no doubt about it. He manages to takes so many exogenous elements, many styles and, let's stay it, so many cultures, and blends them almost seamlessly into one gripping, hour and 35 minutes of what I would like to call New Moroccan Cinema. I do believe something has been Invented here. Again , not in terms of plot, characterization, or even style, but simply in terms of "feel. " what you need to look for here is emotion. raw emotion. The kind of emotion you used to have as a child when mom yelled at you after you had spilled milk on the a couch, then felt guilty and hugged you right after. This is what you will feel lie after you've seen this movie. You'' feel yelled at, you'll fell hugged, and ultimately, you may even feel like you don't quite get it. But you'll be okay with that... Because it It's part of the ride. And as a character in the movie puts it as he points at the door of a psychiatrist institution. "This is the line between sanity rand reason. it is only an 5 centimeters thick" I've seen the movie and I walked across that line. I'm not sure I have returned just yet...

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