Taking place in Casablanca, the movie stars Erradi as Samia, a pregnant young woman who is homeless but hoping to find a job. She meets Abla (Azabal), who works tirelessly as the owner of a modest local bakery and lives with her precocious 8 year-old daughter Warda (Douae Belkhaouda).
Abla is wary of letting Samia stay with them, but Warda’s affection her eventually wears Abla down.
Abla may begin telling people that ask in the nosy neighborhood that Samia is her “cousin from Moknes,” but it becomes evident that Abla’s the one who’s gone into hiding, lamenting the loss of her late husband Zhor to some extent, but also the security that having a male around can provide in a patriarchy.
She immediately sees in Samia someone who’s never had that and needs her help, but also perhaps a little bit of herself before she put her walls up so high, unable to let herself flirt with a kindly neighbor who shows obvious interest or forge a stronger connection with Warda, forbidding music to be played in the house that reminds her of her old life and working long hours to keep a roof over their head.
Samia finds a way to immediately help on the latter front, able to amuse Warda with her growing belly and having plenty of time to make rziza, the nest-like noodle pastries which can command more money at the storefront as a delicacy, but gradually through the two beautiful lead performances, you also see how she softens Abla, working on each other as carefully as they knead the dough.