Mica is 11 years old and sells plastic bags in the streets and at the market. Going to school is not possible. His father is sick and can’t go to work, so Mica is the breadwinner of the family. Him selling the bags does not earn them enough, so his parents decide to send Mica to work in Casablanca with an old friend. The boy has to help maintain the tennis courts for rich children. It gets out of hand fast, and Mica punches the boys because they humiliate and insult him. Everything changes when a new tennis instructor starts. She is a famous player who can’t play anymore because of an injury. She sees a great talent in Mica, but even though Mica is much disciplined in his trainings with her, he still wants to flee for Marseille in a container, where a friend of his also fled to.
The director does not ‘steep’ to the typical structure and ‘hurrah’ that these kinds of family films usually are. It is not about showing an unlikely success-story, it is about making choices. Therefore, Mica is not really a film for children, but rather one that is suitable for children from 10 years old, and their parents, and grandparents,…
Zakaria Inan is voortreffelijk als de onvergetelijke en veerkrachtige Mica.