A pre-op Moroccan transsexual dressmaker in Italy takes a client to Casablanca for a minor operation to "restore" her virginity.

A pre-op Moroccan transsexual dressmaker in Italy takes a client to Casablanca for a minor operation to “restore” her virginity in the flavorless mishmash “Woman’s Hearts.” Although not a debut feature for co-helmer Davide Sordella, working with Pablo Benedetti under the collective name “Kiff Kosoof,” the pic has all the typical flaws of first-time directors, who throw in too much technique without any sense of how to organize the material. Unattractive visuals are made worse by filters eliminating color saturation, giving the pic an inescapable fuzzy cheapness. Even fests are unlikely to bother with this tedious road trip.

Flamboyant tailor Shakira (Aziz Ahmeri) offers to help Zina (Ghizlaine Waldi) hide her lost virginity from her tradition-bound family and fiancee. Together they drive from Turin to Morocco, where Shakira dons men’s clothing, reconnects with his young son (Mohammed Wajid) and helps Zina discover the meaning of free self-expression as she overcomes jealousies and expectations. Pic might work as a short, but construction is formless and the haphazard inclusion of animated illustrations unnecessarily indulgent. Sound is a major problem, poorly synched and dubbed, while the potentially interesting score is indiscriminately tacked on.

Woman's Hearts

Italy

Production

A 011films production. (International sales: 011films, Fossano, Italy.) Produced by Flavio Sordella, Pablo Benedetti, Davide Sordella. Directed, written by Kiff Kosoof (Davide Sordella, Pablo Benedetti).

Crew

Camera (color), Benedetti; editor, Sordella; music, Enrico Sabena; production/costume designer, Francesca Fusari. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 15, 2008. Original title: Corazones de mujer. Italian, Arabic, Spanish dialogue. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Aziz Ahmeri, Ghizlaine Waldi, Mohammed Wajid, Medi, Hoja.

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