SIFF Cinema

A sweet, insightful, and emotionally complex portrait of immigrants living in France, Fatima dives into the life of a Moroccan-born mother living in Lyon and struggling to raise her two teenage daughters, one rebellious, the other starting medical school. When she is put on leave from her job as a cleaning woman, Fatima starts to write letters to her daughters in Arabic, telling them all the things she can't express in French.

A slyly funny mix of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and 2001: A Space Odyssey, this retro-futuristic sci-fi story begins when seven astronauts - including Sigmund Freud look-alike, an overly communicative chimp, and a friendly dog - wake up on a spaceship, not knowing where they have come from nor where they are heading. As the ship operates by itself, they have ample time to meditate on matter, life and the universe.