Exit Marrakech (2013)

  • Year: 2013
  • Released: 24 Oct 2013
  • Country: Germany
  • Adwords: 2 wins
  • IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1982177/
  • Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/exit_marrakech
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  • Available in: 720p, 1080p,
  • Language: German, English, French, Arabic
  • MPA Rating: N/A
  • Genre: Adventure, Drama
  • Runtime: 123 min
  • Writer: Caroline Link
  • Director: Caroline Link
  • Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Samuel Schneider, Hafsia Herzi
  • Keywords: woman director, marrakesh, morocco,
67% – Critics
false% – Audience

Exit Marrakech Storyline

Troubled teenager Ben (16) unintentionally confronts his father Heinrich (Tukur), a successful German theatre director staging a play in Marrakesh, with his past and his neglected responsibilities. After a falling out with his estranged father, Ben loses himself in the shadowy Medina and sleazy nightclubs of Marrakesh, where he meets a feisty Berber girl Karima (18) and follows her to her hometown, far beyond the city and across unfamiliar and barren land. She helps him gain the courage to stand up to his father.—Anonymous

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Exit Marrakech Movie Reviews

Certainly not the weakest Link

Let me apologize for that play of words. Exit Marrakech is Caroline Link’s new film and her first work in five years, slightly over 10 years after she won the Foreign Language Oscar for “Nowhere in Africa”. Josef Bierbichler, who played the central male character in her last movie is in here as well, even if only for a very short scene as promising young actor Samuel Schneider is the center here. He plays a teenager named Ben. Ben spends the summer holidays with his dad, who he has not seen for quite some time, in Morocco. All in all, Schneider carries the film nicely during its two hours and has a good scene here and there. Same could be said for Hafsia Herzi, who proves here that she is more than just eye-candy. The real heart of the film is Ulrich Tukur, however, as a career-driven, family-repellent father who tries to rebond with his son and it takes extraordinary dangerous situations until he finally succeeds. All the scenes he’s in and especially his interactions with Schneider’s character are the should of the movie and even if he is not really the central character, this movie is much more about him opening up and becoming a good father thanks to a change in character than about a particularly mentionable development by Ben. He’s a anti-authority student early on and this does not really change until the end. My favorite scene in their trouble relationship was basically when Ben sung a certain lullaby to Karima and later we hear the father sing the same to Ben. A truly sweet moment, which showed there’s always been bridges between the two. They just need reconditioning.

I’m not really sure how I liked the diabetes sub-plot as it was really obvious from very early on that this is gonna be a problem and there will be some huge dramatic escalation towards the end. Generally I don’t mind predictability in movies if it is executed well, but I still believe it could have done better and more quietly impressive than Ben falling down theatrically in front of the other car. There’s a couple other minor criticisms, but neither is severe enough to say the film is not worth recommending. I liked how they did not go for an unrealistic happy-ending love story, but choose a way with which it all ended kinda messy with the bonding between Karima and Ben. Sure it was sad how things unfolded, but there really was no other option that would not have sacrificed credibility. Beyond that, the Moroccan landscapes were truly beautiful to watch and one of the main reasons why this needs to be seen on the big screen. Of course, fine cinematography is almost a given for Link, as we know from her earlier works as well. So yeah, “Exit Marrakech” is very much worth a watch.

Road movie

Growing up you will encounter many things that will amaze you or mature you. Going on a trip with your dad will open your eyes. Even if your dad is busy with business, you will learn things. This dad is not all cliché though, he does have an interest in his boy, even though he broke up with his mom a while ago.

But the boy has a mind of his own, trying and figuring things on his own, going places and doing things that might be considered stupid. Or just naive, as his nature seems to be. Someone who wants to explore and see things and help even if he doesn’t understand how things work or what cultural differences might mean … love conquers all? Maybe it’s more like “life conquers all” and you should live it, as best as you can

TIFF Review: Exit Marrakech

The highs and lows of father son relationships is one that is often explored in the world of cinema, especially within the festival circuit. Adventures that allow both men to interact and bond are usually presented through the road trip narrative archetype. Exit Marrakech or Morocco (the film is being presented with two different titles for reasons unknown), is a fresh new entry into this genre which uses the exotic Moroccan locale as the backdrop and additional protagonist in this warm story of different worlds, forbidden love and growing onwards.

Director Caroline Link does a masterful job with directing and writing duties, nailing the nuances between father and son dialogue, physical responsiveness and subtle body language that accolades her narrative even further.

Ben (newcomer Samuel Schneider) is just like any adolescent in the world right now; closed out to his family and teachers but Mr. Personality with his friends and strangers on the streets. Living a privileged life, Ben finds his summer turned upside down when he isn’t able to spend it with his fiends in Nice, France, instead, packs his things and heads to Morocco, spending the summer with his estranged theatre director father (Ulrich Tukur). Once Ben arrives in Morocco, he is anxious to leave; spending very little time with his father and spending even less time caring about his father’s newest original stage production. Fearless and unwilling to except the faux hotel life his father has adopted, Ben surrenders to the streets of Morocco, inevitably finding friends, falling in love with a beautiful prostitute Karima (Hafsia Herzi) and skiing down the sand dunes of the desert. Exit Marrakech is an intelligent yet devious film that uses the foundation of the political, religious and economic uncertainties of the country at the forefront of the film and allows them to dictate key plot points that allow Ben to morph from a boy to a man in one seemingly idyllic summer. Exit Marrakech won’t be the breakout film of the Toronto International Film Festival. nor will it see an extensive theatrical run due to its choppy and short lived emotionally empty editing choices and lack of chemistry with its actors. Schnider’s character, Ben, is the glue of the film, connecting the European with African cultures. But the film itself continues the trend Link has and her fascination with analyzing people out of their comfort zone.

Link’s 2001 Nowhere In Africa made a big splash and won the Best Foreign Language Film of the year Academy Award in 2002. Here, like with Nowhere In Africa, Link is fascinated with countries that have so many sides and worlds within its small boundaries. Morocco, a country with three languages, many political viewpoints and an abundance of culture, is a fusion country with a polarized sense of identity. Which, mirrored against Link’s characters, seems just right.

The film is a satisfying festival piece that will deliver to its niche festival audience. Essentially, Exit Marrakech is a really safe way to explore the beauty of a gorgeous, misunderstood and mischievous city filled with pit-picketers, Gypsies and berbers. The film itself serves as a travelling art-piece and window for a safe distance to travel to a part of the world that isn’t as gracious and kind as it is to its protagonists make it out to be.

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