The Damned Don't Cry (in-person & online)

Dir: Fyzal Boulifa

France, Belgium, Morocco

110 mins


Abdellah El Hajjouji, Antoine Reinartz, Aicha Tebbae

Fyzal Boulifa’s follow-up to his award-winning 2019 debut Lynn + Lucy is this arresting melodrama – a rich, humane study of a co-dependent mother and son.

Teenager Selim (Adbellah El Hajjouji) and his mother Fatima-Zahra (Aïcha Tebbae) live in close quarters, constantly on the breadline and moving from place to place. Selim has grown up without a father and is bound to his mother, even as he resents her – while in a starkly patriarchal society, Fatima-Zahra needs Selim just as much as he does her. But when a trip to her family village reveals troubling secrets, the strength of their already-volatile bond is put to the test.

Remixing key elements of its 1950 Joan Crawford-starring namesake (and the narrative arc of Pasolini’s Mamma Roma) into a strange and sensuous story, The Damned Don’t Cry explores modes of transgressive sexuality, restrictive cultural expectations and the weight of colonial history. A boldly coloured and atmospheric film, tragic and beautiful, it recalls the work of Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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