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Salvation Army (2013)

L'armée du salut (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 23 January 2015 (USA)
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In a working class neighborhood in Casablanca, Abdellah, a homosexual teen, tries to build his own life within his big family, caught between an authoritarian mother and an older brother, who he adores.

Director:

Abdellah Taia

Writer:

Abdellah Taia (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Said Mrini Said Mrini ... Abdellah jeune
Karim Ait M'Hand Karim Ait M'Hand ... Abdellah adulte
Amine Ennaji Amine Ennaji ... Slimane
Frédéric Landenberg Frédéric Landenberg ... Jean
Hamza Slaoui Hamza Slaoui ... Mustapha
Malika El Hamaoui Malika El Hamaoui ... La mère
Abdelhak Swilah Abdelhak Swilah ... Le père
Youness Chara Youness Chara ... Fumeur de joints
Oumaima Miftah Oumaima Miftah ... Soeur 1
Souhaila Achike Souhaila Achike ... Soeur 2
Houda Mokad Houda Mokad ... Soeur 3
Ibtissam Es Shaimi Ibtissam Es Shaimi ... Soeur 4
Hasna Boulahana Hasna Boulahana ... Soeur 5
Amal Maarouf Amal Maarouf ... Serveuse restaurant
Amin Labsal Amin Labsal ... Le pêcheur
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Storyline

Abdellah is a young gay man navigating the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Growing up in a large family in a working-class neighborhood, Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores and a handful of predatory older men, in a society that denies his homosexuality. As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he grapples with the loss of his homeland. SALVATION ARMY, the directorial debut for Abdellah Taïa - an acclaimed Moroccan and Arab writer - is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taïa is the first writer of his descent to speak out openly about his homosexuality. Written by Strand Releasing

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Morocco | Switzerland

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salvation Army See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,433, 25 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,433, 25 January 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie isn't that bad!
4 June 2015 | by tomhashesSee all my reviews

This is the sort of movie that doesn't have much of a plot, but is compelling enough to keep you watching. The shots were incredibly beautiful, yet powerful. But then, if you were looking for a movie which involves a romantic plot or erotic scenes, you might just be as disappointed as I am.

If you are looking for a "proper" gay movie, this is definitely not one. I wouldn't even say that "gay" is the main theme of the movie - "confusion" might be a more suitable one. As an auto-biographical movie, I think it does a pretty good job already. I am intrigued by the movie to read the novel, too.

Bottom line: only watch this movie if you want to spend an hour or two to get to know the story of a person, who just happens to be gay. If not, watch "Hawaii" (2013), a movie with similar pace and cinematography, except that "Hawaii" actually has a plot.


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