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It’s rare to leave the cinema wishing a 90-minute film was longer, but Meryem Benm’Barek’s Sofia shows enough promise to demand a more substantial story. She wastes no time getting into the action, going from a peaceful family dinner to a secretive childbirth in the first ten minutes.
Sofia is a blunt response to the archaic laws in Morocco which state that sex must only be between married couples. Therefore any child born to an unwed couple must be claimed by the father to escape a prison sentence for the parents.
Benm’Barek’s desire to tell a big story quickly means she doesn’t always dig deep enough to support her action. Sofia (Maha Alemi) has…