Saturday, March 13, 2010

“La Beauté éparpillée “ by Lahsen Zinoune

Scattered Flower literally means in French “La Beauté éparpillée “ shot in 2007 and directed by Lahsen Zinoune;a dancer and choreographer who has practiced his dancing in Ballet royal de Wallonie in France .Lahsen is a passionate artist whose interest goes to rhythm; music and tempo and these elements are reflected in his movie knowing that Lahsen has worked as a choreographer with Martin Scorsese and Bertolluci.
Moroccan cinematography should be proud to have in its library this film of great intimate feelings, emotions and love.

La” Beauté éparpillée” derives from a true story of a salve woman who has worked at the Glaoui Palace in Marrakech, unfortunately bought to notable man called Tazi in Rabat. So, this salve is called Scattered Flower a passionate woman who desires music and is called to play for lords and Moroccan Bourgeois to touch their intimate souls through lute and its sounds of Nobats.

The scene is open by a wide angle revealing a bandit who buys slaves in Sahara played nicely by Mohammed Afifi.The density of scenery is too bright as it continues to show that Scattered Flower and other slaves live in dark places whereas the master is in the bright places .This master,Mohammed Meftah, plays himself the lute backed by our great musician Said Chraibi (see the picture above).The master falls in love with the Scattered Flower, sleeps with her very often, the slave gets pregnant ,but he can’t make her loose, because he is possessive and egoist . This fact makes him feel disabled to live without her especially when the slave is forced to abort her baby. She becomes then an inaccessible soul especially to the master who agrees to send her to a psychological hospital because she is so sick and as a result the master himself falls down and is damaged by his decision. The salve is finally liberated and the Palace of the master is ruined.

Lasen makes an intelligent movie for Moroccan cinephilia and that is for sured.Mohammed Chokri, a critic states that Scattered Flower is a great movie mingled beautifyyly with esthetic and poitic craft .Lahsen’s use of colors ncemara composition ,cinematography and costumes makes us again ready to turn to go to movie- theatres .

Allal El Alaoui