Review: In Search of My Wife’s Husband (Morocco 1993)

I just got back from a 9 day trip to Morocco last night, and holy shit, what an amazing time. Went all over, Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca, the edge of the Sahara, the Todhra Gorge, ate like a king, sfenj donuts, snail soup, lamb tanjia, msemen pancakes, rode camels and ATVs, cooked tajine, hiked up Ait Ben Haddou and horsed around in the arena from Gladiator, dinner at La Maison Arabe and lunch in the medina, and saw some amazing scenery. Beautiful country, excellent food, friendly people. Highly recommend it.

Anyway, thought I’d watch a Moroccan film on the flight back so I threw on this comedy poking fun at the tradition of polygamy in Muslim culture (while I was there, someone mentioned that Morocco only altered its family law in 2003 to finally require consent from previous wives). Bachir Skirej plays a middle class buffoon who alienates his third wife and suffers the consequences, highlighting the culture clash between the traditional husband and his much younger and more free-spirited wife (an excellent Mouna Fettou). Reminded me a lot of Xala but gentler and subtler, never quite coming out and condemning but allowing the men to indict themselves. Good stuff!

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