During a party, the young Mariam, meets Youssef and leaves with him. A long night begins, during which she’ll have to fight for her rights and her dignity.
For her jump from documentary to fiction, Tunisian distaff director Kaouther Ben Hania has chosen both a controversial true story and a stylistic challenge with a clear cinematic edge, chronicling that one long and awful night in nine chapters, each consisting of a single sequence shot.
The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
“A harrowing and necessary film in only nine shots.”
Boyd van Hoeij – Hollywood Reporter