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Country: Belgium, Language: French, 107 mins

  • Director: Jawad Rhalib
  • Writer: David Lambert, Chloé Léonil, Jawad Rhalib
  • Producer: Diego De Vigne, Genevieve Lemal, Philippe Lioret

CGiii Comment

"Memento mori," translated as "remember to die." It is the first image in Amal tattooed on the back of a young woman who is crying in the shower. She has injuries on her shoulder. This is the back of Mounia, a teenager who is bullied and mistreated by some fellow students because she is a lesbian. Her tattoos are also met with disapproval. The calming presence in the ruthless jungle that is high school is Amal, an unconventional French teacher. Jawad Rhalib, known for socially engaged documentaries such as The Pink Revolution and Au temps où les arabes dansaient presents a new fictional film eight years after his previous one with Amal. Amal, portrayed by the formidable Lubna Azabal, positions herself as a strong advocate for free speech, but this threatens to profoundly disrupt both the lives of her students and her own. Raw cinema, like an open wound.

“Encouraged by the lessons of Amal, a French teacher with daring pedagogical practices, Mounia, a student of Moroccan origin, begins to accept her homosexuality and decides to come out. She will be harassed with dramatic consequences, while Amal is confronted with the ghosts of her past life.” - Serendipity Films


Cast & Characters

Lubna Azabal (as Amal)
Johan Heldenbergh
Yolande Moreau
Fabrizio Rongione
Catherine Salée
Ethelle Gonzalez Lardued
Issam Messaoudi (as Bernardo)
Benoît Verhaert
Mehdy Khachachi
Kenza Benbouchta
Evelyn Ariza (as Valentine)
Elodie Barthels (as Police officer (uncredited))