The Unknown Saint
Fiction, Director: Alaa Eddine Aljem, Morocco/France/Qatar 2019, 100 Min., Arab. with En. ST
Shortly before the police catches him, Amine, a thief, buries his bounty, a bag full of money, on a bleak little hill and masks the spot as a simple grave. Many years later, as he is released from prison, Amine discovers that a mausoleum for an “Unknown Saint” has emerged there, along with a village infrastructure and a watchdog. The thief is forced to improvise in order to get hold of his money. Brahim, who is always praying for rain, is not the only one to stand in his way. Through bizarre characters and in pointedly absurd daily situations, Aljem satirizes the contradictions of the Moroccan countryside in his entertaining feature debut.