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Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) is a fifty-eight-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman living in Brussels in the wake of the 2016 bombings that shook the city. After work one night, she falls asleep on the last subway train, wakes up at the end of the line and has no choice but to make her way home—all the way across the city—on foot. Along the way, she has a series of encounters: with a security guard, a convenience store clerk, a group of teenagers. She asks for help and she gives it and slowly, steadily makes her way. Director Bas Devos’ lightness of touch combines with the richness of Grimm Vanderkerckhove’s 16mm images to create a small wonder of humanistic storytelling.


Photo Credit: Saadia Bentaïeb in "Ghost Tropic" Courtesy of Cinema Guild.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    85 min
  • Language
    French with English subtitles
  • Country
    Belgium
  • Premiere
    Directors' Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Bas Devos
  • Screenwriter
    Bas Devos
  • Producer
    Marc Goyens, Bas Devos, Nabil Ben Yadir, Benoit Roland, Tomas Leyers
  • Co-Producer
    Petra Goedings & Sibylle Smets
  • Cast
    Saadia Bentaïeb
  • Cinematographer
    Grimm Vendekerckhove
  • Editor
    Dieter Diependaele & Bas Devos
  • Sound Design
    Boris Debackere
  • Music
    Brecht Ameel