Halim runs a traditional kaftan shop with his wife Mina in the medina of Salé, Morocco. His authentic handiwork produces gorgeous kaftans. While he spends his days in silence at the back of the shop, his wife makes sure the whims of the Moroccan bourgeoisie are met. For they are not used to the deadlines imposed by manual labour. The perfect picture were it not for the fact that Mina suffers from cancer and Halim loves men and has desires separate from his love for Mina. Betrayal is close to complicity. The arrival of Youssef, a new apprentice who wants to learn the trade, puts pressure on this fragile balance. The three begin a dance of love and death full of caution and respect, like the blue kaftan that runs through the film. A fragile film, showing emotions with the utmost caution, a touch or accelerated breathing says it all.
LE BLEU DU CAFTAN received a standing ovation at Cannes and won the FIPRESCI prize in the Un Certain Regard programme.