Synopsis: A caravan escorts an elderly and dying Sheikh through the Moroccan Atlas. His last wish is to be buried with his close ones. But death does not wait. The caravaners, fearful of the mountain, refuse to continue transporting the corpse. Saïd and Ahmed, two rogues traveling with the caravan, say they know the way and promise to take the corpse to its destiny. In another world, Shakib is chosen to travel to the mountains with a mission: to help the improvised caravaners.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Oliver Laxe
  7 wins & 7 nominations.
96 min


Let's cut the distance short

through the mountains.

I want to get there as soon as possible.

Through the mountains?

There is no path to Sijilmasa

through the mountains.

Why do you want to endanger us?

Let's take another way.

Trust in the Sheikh's word.

I trust him,

but I don't trust the mountains.

Let's go.He protected us

from bandits and death.


Let's go.

But I warned you.

Come on, let's go!

Keep going on, muleskinners!

Let's go!

Move it!

The foreigners want to go

through the mountains.

-Through the mountains?


What are you going to do?

I don't know.

I think the Sheikh's wife has the money.

Be careful with the guides,

they are keeping an eye on you.

It's not the season

to go through the mountains.

I don't understand this decision.

Give me the list of drivers for today.

730, Ansiou!


Come here!


Ikel al'Hassan, 676.

Come on, Hassan!

Who else?

608, Ajjaj Mohammed.

Consul, aren't we going to work?

384, Ouelali.



Same thing for three days.

Seddiq, 426.

We've been waiting all morning!

Let us finish with the first ones.

Then it's your turn.

He worked yesterday and today again.

606, Taqi Raqibi.

Move it!

604, Madany.


Here you are! Go!

Mohammed Shakib Ben Omar.


The little brat?

He can't even drive!

What are you doing?

He lacks experience.

He doesn't know anything.

But he is blessed.

We are blessed, too.

Shakib has no experience,

he can't do it well.

I know he's inexperienced,

but he's a good co-driver.

Today I'm going totell you a story.

A story about Earth, about its creation.

You'd better entertain us today,

little brat.

Brats hang out with other brats...

But me, as you can see,

I'm a mustached and bearded man.

And the story I want to tell you,

you can tell it to others if you want to.

God created our father Adam from dust.

From clay.

He called the angels to bow before Adam.

One of them was called Imlis.

You know who Imlis is?

Iblis, not Imlis.

It's the same. Iblis. Satan.

Iblis started to fool

human beings.

At that moment,

he observed

how God breathed a soul into them.

He started bowing down...

With humility and obedience...

Little by little...

What is this nonsense?

The Devil doesn't prostrate.

He refused and was arrogant

and became of the disbelievers.

God's truth.

God's truth, indeed. But for whom?

For a man

that, at prayer time, doesn't pray?

Think about what you say.

All these people around us are listening.

Let me finish the story,

and interpret it

as you want.

So the Devil started to bow down,

with his fellow angels.

He started to bow down like this,

little by little.

In the last moment,

he stood up all of a sudden

and saw how God

brought a soul into the human being.

Since then, the Devil has known

the secret of humankind.

So he plays with it as he pleases.



Come, I've got a job for you.






Let's go, Shakib. Hurry up!

Get in.

The Sheikh wants to kill them all or what?

Making them go through this path...

He's got to have his own reasons.


He's got to have his own reasons.

This way is not for horses.

It's a goat's way.

Do you think we can pass through?

Yes, we can.

Careful with the rocks!


Be careful, master. Lean on me.



I'm fed up.

He doesn't want to stop.

He is stubborn.

We can't take it anymore.

We are all going to die.

Give me some water.

This path is too risky.

I won't go one step further

if you want to go through the mountains.

-Ahmed, do you want to drink?


If we continue through the mountains,

death will be certain.

That's what we want.

That's what we want.

He said the same thing I said.

What is my mission?

Why I was chosen?

You have to take care of a caravan.

Their Sheikh is about to die.

The caravan must arrive safely.

Got it?

Did you get it?

No, I didn't.

I'll tell you again, it's easy.

You're going to take care of a caravan.

Their Sheikh is about to die.

The caravan must arrive safely.

That's it.

Why did you choose me?

It had to happen someday.

Do your best

to make it through the mountains.

It is the Sheikh's will to die

near his loved ones.

By the way,

in the caravan,

there is somebody called Ahmed.

Take care of him.


That's a good place

for a nap.

Where is he going?

It seems he's going to die.

Alone? Like a dog?

These people are hard-hearted.

They haven't found the Sheikh yet.

We must tell his wife.

Why did you let him go?

Did you find something?


When you were

just next to the Sheikh's horse,

did you find anything?

I didn't.

They've found the Sheikh!

We are coming to help you!

Wait for us!

They've found the Sheikh!

Ahmed, they've found the Sheikh!

Wait, wait!

What's happening, Ahmed?

I think I've seen something.

I'm looking for the Sheikh.

Be careful with the belongings.

You can't do this to us.

His last will was to be buried

next to his loved ones.

My deal with him

was to take him to Sijilmasa.

Now that he's dead, the deal is broken.

Nobody will visit his grave here.

And the corpse won't be preserved

if we don't go through the snow.

We are going back.

I am sorry.

We'll bury him in the nearest city.

Or find someone

that can take the body to Sijilmasa.

You heard him? Let's go back!

Excuse me, madam.



I can take the body to Sijilmasa.

I know a way through the mountains.

You can leave peacefully.

I promise you

we'll bury the Sheikh in Sijilmasa.




Why did you say you knew the way?

What kind of question is this?

We got paid, didn't we?

You know

there's no path through the mountains.

There should be one.

You are lying to them.

We are carrying a corpse

through the mountains.

And you don't know the way.

What are you going to do?

I don't know...

You, help me.

When you don't know what to do...

Do this and you'll be enlightened.

Do it, my friend,

and you'll understand what to do.

He's a bit weird.

Why did you let him come?

He insisted.

He helps...

He doesn't disturb. Let him stay.

Don't blow smoke in my face.

Come here.

Sit down.

Why are you coming with us?

-I want to work.

-Work as what?

-As a shepherd.

-A shepherd? Do you see a herd here?

We only have two mules.

I'll herd them.

-Herd the mules?


I'll herd them.

-What's your name?



-My name is Shakib.

Shakib? Where does this name come from?

Listen, from now on

we'll call you Pot Face.

If you don't like it,

we'll call you Pot Face.

That's how we call the new ones.

Are you fine with it?


You've got a Sheikh face.

-A what face?

-A Sheikh face.

That's the truth, I assure you.

A Sheikh face. And you've got a pot face.

Him? A Sheikh face?

He's never been to a mosque.

May peace be with you.

Now you can go to Sijilmasa

or anywhere you want.

Go! Go!

The Sheikh is gone!

The Sheikh is gone!

The Sheikh is gone!

-What happened?

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