Shouf Shouf Habibi! | Chicago Reader

Shouf Shouf Habibi!

Mimoun Oaissa is the main reason to see this Dutch comedy about a Moroccan family coping with assimilation in their adopted homeland. Alternately deadpan and hangdog, with a hilariously elastic physicality, Oaissa, like some of the greats who've preceded him, has a fully evolved comic persona at the start of his career. He stars as Ab, a Dutch-born Moroccan keenly aware of his marginalized status in a seemingly tolerant but subtly racist culture. Trying to find his place, he spends all his time hanging out with his slacker buddies until he decides to honor his parents by taking a traditional Moroccan wife. Oaissa assisted writer-director Albert ter Heerdt in developing the story; not surprisingly the strongest scenes are those involving him. In Dutch and Arabic with subtitles. 88 min.

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