Wanderers of the Desert
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With Wanderers of the Desert, Tunisian writer and poet Nacer Khemir creates a visually hypnotic cinematic masterpiece, the first in his highly-regarded Desert Trilogy.
When a young teacher arrives for a position at an isolated village school in the heart of the shimmering desert, mysterious events begin to unfold: Legendary figures materialize out of the village well and from the desert itself; groups of children hurry through a labyrinth of underground corridors; villagers gather around a ship that has mysteriously washed up in the desert sand; the young men of the village disappear one by one and never return. With a richly expressive visual style and superb use of color, director Nacer Khemir shows how legend, tradition, and fate hang heavily over this community, and how nothing is ever quite what it seems.
A meditation on the lost grandeur of Arab civilization. --Seattle Arab and Iranian Film FestivalSee all Editorial Reviews
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It has both political, social as well as spiritual undertones.
The barrenness of the desert is in stark contrast to what we, the audience who are watching it in our living room, are used to. The minimalistic arrangement of life, and despite lack of material clutter how joy, laughter, emotion and human drives grow and flow, worth pondering. The strength of the movie is in its mystical appeal.
All the characters acted extremely well, even the little boy.
If you accept the movie the way it is, you will like it. It's a poetry, and poetry is often difficult. The movie will take you to a different world. I have no suggestion for the director or the producer--since I have no idea what to say. Could it be improved? Possibly. In which way? Hard to tell, since any modification would have been a deviation from what I experienced and that might have modified the total essence that I am basing on to write this review.
I recommend you watch it, but watch it in intervals, rather than in one or two sessions.
Both stories shake hands along the way and we will witness admirable lessons of life and unforgettable Sufi metaphors - like the beautiful story of the three butterflies around a candle - for instance.
Beautifully filmed, admirably choreographed and zealous directed. An admirable work of poetic intensity all the way long.