Much Loved

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Much Loved
Much Loved poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byNabil Ayouch
Produced bySaïd Hamich
Eric Poulet
Nabil Ayouch
Written byNabil Ayouch
StarringLoubna Abidar
Asmaa Lazrak
Music byMike Kourtzer
CinematographyVirginie Surdej
Edited byDamien Keyeux
Distributed byPyramide Distribution (France)
Release date
  • 19 May 2015 (2015-05-19) (Cannes)
  • 16 September 2015 (2015-09-16) (France)
Running time
108 minutes
Box office$1.3 million[1]

Much Loved (also known as Zin Li Fik) is a 2015 French-Moroccan drama film directed by Nabil Ayouch about the prostitution scene in Marrakesh.[2] It was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival;[3] the film has been banned in Morocco for its "contempt for moral values and the Moroccan woman".[4] It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]

It is one of the first films to address the issue of prostitution in Morocco. Telling the lives of four female sex workers, it brings to the forefront the exploitation of prostitutes by pimps and the corruption of the police, that sometimes even profits from the trade; the film stirred a national debate before it was released when a few video clips were leaked on the web. Thereafter, the lead actress received death threats and religious authorities condemned the film for portraying a negative image of Morocco, with its supporting of extramarital sex and sympathy for homosexuals.[6]


  • Loubna Abidar as Noha
  • Asmaa Lazrak as Randa
  • Halima Karaouane as Soukaina
  • Sara Elmhamdi Elalaoui as Hlima
  • Abdellah Didane as Said
  • Danny Boushebel as Ahmad


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards[7] Best Actress Loubna Abidar Nominated
Lumières Awards[8] Best French-Language Film Won


  1. ^ "Much Loved". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Cannes Film Review: 'Much Loved'". Variety.
  3. ^ "Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Unveils 2015 Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Morocco Bans Nabil Ayouch's Cannes Title 'Much Loved'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Robert Redford's 'Truth' to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Controversial Sex Worker Drama 'Much Loved' Opens Debate about Prostitution in Morocco". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  7. ^ "'Golden Years,' 'Marguerite,' 'Dheepan,' 'Mustang' Lead Cesar Nominations". Variety.
  8. ^ "Prix Lumières 2016 : Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse et Mustang en tête des nominations". AlloCiné. 4 January 2016.

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