Directed by: Maryam Touzani
Morroco/Belgium/France, 2019, 98m
In Arabic with English Subtitles
You can tell Adam is inspired by a true incident. The movie is a revelation—a genuine but simple story told through the everydayness of life, in which not much happens, but everything happens. The widow Abla (Lubna Azabal, Incendies, FFF 2011) is raising her daughter Warda (Douae Belkhaouda) by running a bakery in her home. Abandoned and pregnant, single Samia (Visrin Erradi), cannot return to her family. Reluctantly, and at the insistence of Warda, Abla takes in Samia, who proves a good baker and more. Both women are trapped by a traditional society—Samia shunned as an unmarried mother-to-be and Alba grieving over a husband she was denied the opportunity to bid goodbye. Eventual bonding between these three females is a wonder to watch—from confrontation to understanding and support for the adults, and from innocence to experience for a child. These women aren’t just good actors; they live and breathe their characters. Heart-wrenching yet life affirming, Adam offers hope for the unborn child as well as spunky Warda.