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Traitors

2013 1h 23m Drama List
88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 73% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
A musician (Chaimae Ben Acha) agrees to smuggle a drug shipment for some quick cash, but when she meets her traveling companion (Soufia Issami), a captive drug mule, she vows to free her from enslavement to the dealers. Read More Read Less
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Nick Schager Village Voice Traitors operates according to a standard drug-smuggling-drama template, though it colors its familiar elements with just enough distinctive personality to allow it to stand on its own. Mar 10, 2015 Full Review Boyd van Hoeij Hollywood Reporter A rare genre film from the Maghreb that centers on a female universe, Traitors benefits immensely from a spiky lead turn from newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha, whose innate charisma helps paper over the film's at times overly familiar plot twists. Feb 17, 2015 Full Review Leslie Felperin Variety Gullette strains to make the outcome upbeat, which damages credibility somewhat. Still, lead thesp Chaimae Ben Acha has charisma, and the pic makes the most of a manifestly low budget. Feb 17, 2015 Full Review Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine There are not a lot of actual incidents in the film: no chases or shootouts. Yet Gullette creates real tension, through silences, quiet encounters with the drug lord and the extremely expressive face of Ben Acha. Mar 10, 2015 Full Review Kenneth R. Morefield Christianity Today Takes some unexpected turns in its last act. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 4, 2015 Full Review Mark Adams Screen International A slick and spiky drama that presents an alternate view of life for young people in Morocco. Feb 17, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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jake s An interesting looking into the social scene of the Moroccan youth, which is surprisingly not just kids hiding in their homes trying avoid being beheaded. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review walter m At 25, Malika(Chaimae Ben Acha), neither gainfully employed or married, is something of a disappointment to her parents, especially for her mechanic father. But what really matters to her is her band and they may have finally gotten their break, with Jade(Morjana Alaoui), a music promoter, showing interest in them. However, Malika and her bandmates still have to come up with the money to rent a recording studio in Casablanca. And then an opportunity presents itself when she repairs Samir's(Mourade Zeguendi) car. "Traitors" is a perceptive and occasionally suspenseful character study about Malika who has learned over time to navigate the unwritten rules of her home country while finding the importance in sisterhood.(That being said, there is a long way to go from street smart to Jim Phelps.) It is not really a coincidence that Malika gets involved with drug smugglers at this particular junction. The opportunity to make this kind of quick dangerous money probably comes often to her; this is just when it is the most needed and probably the best worst idea. This all happens in a country, Morocco, that is caught uncomfortably between the traditions of Africa and the temptations of Europe. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Set in Morocco, a young woman who is desperately trying to raise money to record a demo for a music producer with her all girl punk rock band, decides to take up a drug dealer's offer to drive a car full of cocaine. Structurally speaking, the film is made up of an impressive solidity which keeps the film interesting on a narrative level throughout. Morjana Alaoui is a remarkable presence, and her passion for the punk culture as well as the frustration as the place she lives in sets up good elements within the cultural culture which, nevertheless, remains disappointingly understated in favour of what then turns out to be a more conventional crime drama which aims to entertain. The main problem with that, however, is Gullette's inability to truly create a tense atmosphere to make it work on that level. Furthermore, Traitors shares a lot of the elements of Maria Full of Grace, a film which it resembles and which was much better and more emotionally rewarding both as a thriller and as a drama. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A musician (Chaimae Ben Acha) agrees to smuggle a drug shipment for some quick cash, but when she meets her traveling companion (Soufia Issami), a captive drug mule, she vows to free her from enslavement to the dealers.
Director
Sean Gullette
Producer
Karim Debbagh, Sean Gullette, Audrey Rosenberg
Screenwriter
Sean Gullette
Production Co
Kasbah Films, White Light White Heat
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Arabic
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 5, 2015
Runtime
1h 23m
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