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Two chancers tackle Morocco’s At­las Moun­tains in this fa­ble of a sheikh’s dy­ing wish. Di­rec­tor Oliver Laxe shoots their marathon of a mil­lion steps with rigour, re­flect­ing weari­ness not in­dul­gence. The land­scapes are beau­ti­ful yet for­bid­ding, with an earthy re­al­ism to Mauro Herce’s pho­tog­ra­phy. An in­trigu­ing tale of faith un­der pres­sure emerges, but it’s too slow and sim­ple to truly con­vince. Tom Bond

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