Elias works at a tiny convenience store in the rural Moroccan village of
Tazzeka, making couscous for the locals and the occasional tourist,
while dreaming of preparing lobster and rack of lamb in Paris,
the international capital of gastronomy. Under the dual influence of
his grandmother’s home cooking and a well-thumbed cookbook by
world-renowned chef Joël Robuchon, Elias has become a chef with
that unteachable gift for making irresistible, unique dishes: it seems
that all he needs to make his dream comes true is to get himself to
France. Yet when he exchanges the serene mountains of his hometown
for the roaring traffic in Paris, things are nothing like what he
imagined. Haunted by the memory of his older brother who died
crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, Elias struggles to make a living as
a day laborer, living in fear of police raids on illegal immigrants and
the unimaginable stigma of returning home a failure. Will he allow
his dream to recede? Neither sensational nor sugar-coated, Tazzeka
accomplishes the rare feat of describing the immigrant experience in
a heartwarming but unvarnished manner, achieving a gently comedic,
deeply felt tone carried by newcomer Madi Belem’s guileless performance
as Elias.

Jean-Philippe Gaud

Jean-Philippe Gaud
Mariannick Bellot

Mahdi Belemlih
Ouidad Elma
Olivier Sitruk
Abbes Zahmani
Adama Diop

Comedy, Drama
95 min.
France, Morocco, 2018
DCP, DVD, Blu-Ray

ArtMattan Films