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Crisply shot by Hoang-Son Doan, ably directed and acted, "Sofia" is, firstly, well-written.While most cinematic pregnancy tales flesh out the central character before having her seduced or raped, Benm'Barek opens her film the day Sofia (Maha Alemi) goes into labor.Lena accompanies Sofia through the long night that follows, urging her cousin to give up the father's name. Sofia eventually tells her the father is Omar (Hamza Khafif), the disheveled eldest son of a recently widowed mother from Derb Sultan, a poor (and based on Aunt Leila's response, undesirable) Casablanca quarter. Omar denies it, so he and Sofia end up at the police station. "Sofia" is screening at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil.
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