Review overview Moroccan wedding: ‘Soumaya Ahouaoui is a discovery’ | NOW

After the premiere of Moroccan wedding the reviews are pouring in. The new film by Johan Nijenhuis, the king of romantic comedy, is about Yasmine. The young woman dreams of becoming a successful lawyer, but her family thinks it’s more important that she finally gets married. What do critics think of the film?

General Newspaper – three stars

“Together with initiator and co-writer Mina El Hannaoui, Nijenhuis proves that not every Dutch film within this genre has to contend with the market-compliant formula, unbearable lightness and cardboard social media stars that attract a specific audience. Complex, multicultural themes are equally at home in a love film. In fact, please. Moreover, no ‘excuse Moroccans’ appear here as minor figures, street criminals, football players or rappers.”

“The excellent bicultural cast here uncompromisingly plays the lead role as an ordinary, bicultural Dutchman; from the concerned parents, the family always meddling in everything, the young career woman and her equally modern girlfriends, to the young men of all sorts. They are often recognizable. and positive role models. It’s about time!”

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de Volkskrant – three stars

“The background may be a little different, of course it rotates Moroccan wedding just to ask who is the one for Yasmine. The surgeon, or the car mechanic who is suspected of theft? While her father designs a house in Morocco with seven extra bedrooms (‘for the grandchildren’), Yasmine looks for a way to follow her heart without hurting her surroundings.”

“Anyone who looks at it cynically can say that Nijenhuis colors his usual prefab romance with exotic details. Moroccan wedding too lively, too rich in witty characters, too well acted. Lead actress Soumaya Ahouaoui in particular is a relief as a romantic heroine: she convincingly portrays Yasmine as ambitious, stubborn and lenient. It clears up all the complications just surprisingly enough.”

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NRC – two stars

Moroccan wedding confirms Moroccan prejudices. For example, all Dutch friends of heroine Yasmine are brainless blond sluts who dive into bed with the first guy; at a party, Yasmine can give one for free to a nephew in rut. ‘Cheeses’ are hypocritical grabbers or miserly tokkies who throw themselves in stained T-shirts on plastic plates full of snacks, chips and gherkins at a Dutch wedding. Fortunately, Moroccan ladies still provide some decorum in the form of a wedding dress and wedding cake.”

“You can point to the sometimes shaky script, the advertising film, the wooden mise-en-scene, the cardboard characters, the flat acting, the clichés. But this is chip shop, not gastronomy. Nijenhuis is also a competent no-nonsense director who keeps up the momentum with simple, often flat tricks. His post-busy style almost always finds his audience. I’m curious what market this product will tap into.”

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The Telegraph – 2.5 stars

“Johan Nijenhuis does not shy away from a cliché to get his viewers to swoon. (…) He shared the direction with Mina El Hannaoui, in order to approach prejudices about women and Muslims from an authentic side. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work as well as it did. similar Meskina from last year. Moroccan wedding largely follows the template we already see in 1,001 romcoms.”

“A playing time of almost two hours, including drawn-out moments of crisis, then feels too long. But it must be said that the casting is completely in order. Lead actress Soumaya Ahouaoui in particular appears to be a discovery in her cinema debut.”

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