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WINNER Altre Visioni and Human Rights Film Award Venice Film Festival
WINNER Golden Pony Award, Best Actress Dubai Intl Film Festival
WINNER The Critics Award Eurasia Film Festival
WINNER Grand Jury Prize Namur Intl Francophone Film Festival
NOMINATED Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION Seattle Intl Film Festival, Stockholm Intl Film Festival, Amiens Intl Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Superb! ...a hypnotic roller coaster [that is] chilling and deeply affecting --The San Francisco Chronicle
Poignant...improvised scenes score with their emotional authenticity. --Variety
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Leveled buildings line the roads, and shattered bridges prevent their progress. Suspense builds as a bond between the two characters grows, made especially poignant by the fact that one is Christian and the other Muslim. This film held me all the way to its galvanizing end. The performances of Nada Abou Farhat, as the woman, and Georges Khabbaz as the taxi driver are wonderful. One of the finest, most believable anti-war movies you're ever likely to see.
The film follows a story of a Shiite Muslim woman, Zeina, who lives abroad. She and her unfaithful husband are estranged and while working out their marital problems they sent their only child to live back in southern Lebanon with Zeina's sister. Then the war started and the south was heavily bombed during the conflict. Some actual footage of the bombing is shown as caught with amateur camera. Pretty devastating. So Zeina returns from abroad via Turkey to Beirut and tried to find way to the south. No one is willing to take her to the war zone despite the cease fire, except for a Christian taxi driver Toni. They travel together taking detours around bombed bridges and blown up roads looking for Zeina's son. They find her sister's house leveled to the ground and learn that she'd been killed in the collapse of the building. They have some hope that the boy escaped unharmed and so they keep on driving and searching.
In the process of their searching, they come to confront their own past, their own demons and their own insecurities. Amid all the depression and devastation they come to realize that they love southern Lebanon, the place of their upbringing and yearn and resolve to re-build it. This is very symbolic as true re-building of Lebanon can truly be accomplished only as both the Christians and Muslims work hand in hand regardless of their religion. The pain and suffering can indeed be overcome. The climax is just beautiful and I wholeheartedly recommend this movie.
Doubtlessly speaking for many of those caught in the crossfires, the lead actor laments, "This is not MY war," as she seeks to understand the tragedy all around her.
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From a young teenager who survived this horrendous war in 2006. This was amazing!Published 4 months ago by hassan
I was disappointed with this movie. Could have been much better. It had scenes "forced" into it to make it catchy to a Western audience that did not belong in such a movie... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A.Y.O.
Very interesting movie with a twist, maybe if you stopped shooting rockets at some people they wouldn't feel compelled to drop bombs on you just a thought.Published 8 months ago by Jack
I enjoyed this movie. It begins with a distraught mother searching for her lost child, and all that follows is an intense, yet beautiful story about two strangers, a mother and a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by caroline
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was shot in the aftermath of the brief Israeli-Lebanese conflict of 2006, so the devastated infrastructure and lives are very... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JustinHoca
This is a wonderful movie depicting the lives of those who live in war almost their entire life. Even though, this story is a sad one, there is so much to learn from those who... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Angela M. Good
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