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Compiled by Ian Bartholomew  /  Contributing reporter

Paris or Perish

A Moroccan-born fashionista, Maya, living the dream in Paris finds herself deported back home to Morocco, where she lands back in the spartan country home she left 20 years earlier. This is a debut feature for actress-turned-filmmaker Reem Kherici and is an endearing comedy that riffs off the contrasts between snobby, stylish Paris and charming, rustic Marrakech. There are plenty of titters and giggles along the way as Maya gets charmed and angered by her relatives at home and struggles to get back to Paris where she thinks she belongs. Her hardships are never too hard and the film remains annoyingly lightweight throughout, without any insight or character development to give it ballast. There are some perfectly adequate supporting roles and technically the film is well made, but probably better suited to a Friday night at home on the DVD.

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