Malika, leader of Traitors, an all-female punk rock band, has a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a drug smuggling run over the mountains.
Spirited, youthful, angry: cinema turns punk rock in this debut feature. Set in contemporary Morocco, Traitors follows a maligned young woman and her battle against adversity in various forms. Told with a unique and rebellious sense of grace, this film is a rich spectacle of youth and individualism.
Traitors has a surprisingly pleasant youthful energy. Once you get used to the energy, though, the film starts to become easy to anticipate. The actors are lively, the camera angles are intriguing, the editing is upbeat, the scenery is gorgeous, and, mainly, the music is good. For a film about punk-rock, I was worried that this low budget film would fall subject to cheap musical production, but Im still singing along
Malika is a cool, strong female protagonist living in a patriarchal culture; she is easy to adore and want to root for. Aside from what she brings to the film, the story is in many ways a tad too rushed and quickly resolved; anticlimactic, even. Not bad, but not as great as it could have been.