Mimosas (2016)

Director: Oliver Laxe
Writer: Santiago Fillol, Oliver Laxe
Cast: Ahmed Hammoud, Shakib Ben Omar, Said Aagli, Ikram Anzouli, Ahmed El Othemani, Hamid Fardjad, Margarita Albores, Abdelatif Hwidar, Ilham Oujri
Part of: Scope100
Seen on: 17.12.2016

A dying Sheikh is making his way throught he Moroccan desert. He wants to die and be buried where he comes from, where his family is buried. But he doesn’t make it all the way there: he dies on the way. His company don’t want to travel with the body. Instead Ahmed (Ahmed Hammoud) and Said (Said Aagli), who traveled with them out fo convenience, agree to bring the body to its destination. Against a fee, of course. Meanwhile Shakib (Shakib Ben Omar) is sent to Ahmed and Said to inspire faith in them and make sure that they carry out their mission.

Mimosas is a pretty film, but other than that it didn’t work for me: it was boring and felt mystical for the sake of being mystical.

I rarely look through other people’s reviews before writing my own, but in this case I did and was surprised to discover that apparently Shakib was “from another universe”, from another point in time. While I wouldn’t have wanted to say during what time the film takes place in, I found no evidence that the two stories take place at a different time.

But it is entirely possible that I just missed it, because I have to admit that I found the film so boring that I stopped paying close attention. I didn’t care about the characters or their mission and when it became clear that the film didn’t actually go into a comedic direction (as I had hoped in the beginning), there was nothing left to hold my interest.

Instead the film became like a pretty screensaver to me – the shots of the Moroccan mountains and desert are beautiful and cinematographer Mauro Herce did a really formidable job in capturing the landscapes and the people.

Under the circumstances it doesn’t come a surprise that the ending confused me a lot and I would have probably needed to re-watch a couple of scenes to realize what was going on. But I also had the suspicion that maybe that confusion was the intended effect, in the hope that the film would feel deeper than it was. I wasn’t particularly motivated to test either theory. Instead I rather enjoyed the credits song and was happy that the film was over.

Summarizing: Really not my cup of tea.

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