In Casablanca Angels Don't Fly
Time Out says
Though some of the editing is showier than Ismail’s beloved boots and the film would benefit from less voiceover, this is a fairly impressive first feature. Structurally, it’s a little uneven, and it never comes close to the assured expertise or the narrative and visual subtlety of the recent ‘A Thousand Months’. But each of the characters’ stories is affecting, and Asli wisely leavens the sorrowful tone (the film is after all about self-defeating strategies of survival in a culture in crisis) with scenes of absurdist humour: one odyssey through the city makes for an especially droll series of sight gags. The performances are solid, and the music by German multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus is memorably good. And the final corrosive few minutes confirm Asli as a filmmaker of real promise.