Mektoub (Morocco: 1997)


Nabil Ayouch

Cast list

Rachid El Ouali                     Dr. Taoufik Raoui

Faouzi Bensaïdi                   Kamel Raoui

Amal Chabli                           Sophia Raoui

Mohammed Miftah             Inspector Kabir

Malika Oufkir                       The Village Chief

Hilal Abdellatif                     Hotel Director

Mohamed Zouhir                 Inspector Tabet

Mohamed Tsouli                   Le Cherif

Zakaria Atifi                           Garde de Corps

Abdelkader Lofti                   Le Pompiste

Mohamed Razine                 The Farmer

Rachida Machnoue               The Farmer’s Wife

Lakbir Houzirane                 Khalid

Myriam Basri                         Mouna

Ahmed Dawassi                   Commissar Derif




Noureddine Ayouch (producer)

Thierry Boscheron (producer)

Etienne Comar (producer)

Jean Cottin (producer)

Sarim Fassi (co-producer)


Original Music:

Henri Agnel

Pierre Boscheron


Cinematography: Vincent Mathias


Film Editing: Jean-Robert Thomann


Production Design: Saïd Raïs


Costume Design: Rafika Ben Maïmoune


Sound Department:

François Guillaume (sound)

Hamid Ibnou Moutahar (foley re-recording mixer & foley recordist)

Eric Lesachet (sound designer & ound re-recording mixer)

Joël Rangon (sound re-recording mixer)


Camera and Electrical Dempartment:

Stéphane Assié (gaffer)

Abderrahim Bissar (additional electrician)

Etienne Saldés (key grip)


Upon arriving in Morocco after 10 years of training in the United States, Dr. Taoufik Raoui and his wife plan on starting an ophthalmology practice. During dinner in a fancy hotel in Tangier, Taoufik is drugged and his wife is abducted and raped. After finding her abandoned on the street the next morning, Taoufik pursues the kidnappers with the aid of a sleazy hotel manager. During a struggle, however, he accidentally shoots a policeman and the couple must go on the run.


Marion Pasquier, “Mektoub.” (French film critique site)