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Critic Reviews for Traitors
Traitors operates according to a standard drug-smuggling-drama template, though it colors its familiar elements with just enough distinctive personality to allow it to stand on its own.
A rare genre film from the Maghreb that centers on a female universe, Traitors benefits immensely from a spiky lead turn from newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha, whose innate charisma helps paper over the film's at times overly familiar plot twists.
Gullette strains to make the outcome upbeat, which damages credibility somewhat. Still, lead thesp Chaimae Ben Acha has charisma, and the pic makes the most of a manifestly low budget.
There are not a lot of actual incidents in the film: no chases or shootouts. Yet Gullette creates real tension, through silences, quiet encounters with the drug lord and the extremely expressive face of Ben Acha.
Audience Reviews for Traitors
At 25, Malika(Chaimae Ben Acha), neither gainfully employed or married, is something of a disappointment to her parents, especially for her mechanic father. But what really matters to her is her band and they may have finally gotten their break, with Jade(Morjana Alaoui), a music promoter, showing interest in them. However, Malika and her bandmates still have to come up with the money to rent a recording studio in Casablanca. And then an opportunity presents itself when she repairs Samir's(Mourade Zeguendi) car. "Traitors" is a perceptive and occasionally suspenseful character study about Malika who has learned over time to navigate the unwritten rules of her home country while finding the importance in sisterhood.(That being said, there is a long way to go from street smart to Jim Phelps.) It is not really a coincidence that Malika gets involved with drug smugglers at this particular junction. The opportunity to make this kind of quick dangerous money probably comes often to her; this is just when it is the most needed and probably the best worst idea. This all happens in a country, Morocco, that is caught uncomfortably between the traditions of Africa and the temptations of Europe.
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