Meddour joins forces again with actress Lyna Khoudri to tell the fascinating tale of Houria, a beautiful ballet dancer who suffers an attack that leaves her mute and immobile. Through the 90-minute feature film, we see the main character regain her strength – both physically and emotionally – and become a fuller person when moving from childhood to adulthood. “What is important is how we portrayed Houria before and after the accident. After the accident, she is stronger,” the filmmaker says in this interview. An intense and poetic transformation that the audience navigates through other symbolic elements like the sound design, the weather, or the costumes.
Mounia prides herself on a unique creative process that encourages artistic liberty between herself and the actors, and she hopes that her approach to directing has positively influenced Houria’s story of pain and triumph.