On the edge of a cratered road, a cortège-like procession of women solemnly makes its way towards the village cemetery. Takla, Amale, Yvonne, Afaf and Saydeh stoically brave the oppressive midday heat, clutching photographic effigies of their beloved menfolk, lost to a futile, protracted and distant war. Some of the women are veiled, others bear wooden crosses, but all are clad in black and united by a sense of shared grief. As they arrive at the cemetery gates, the procession divides into two congregations; one Muslim, the other Christian.
Set against the backdrop of a war-torn country, Et maintenant on va où? tells the heart-warming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled, community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within.
United by a common cause, the women’s unwavering friendship transcends, against all the odds, the religious fault lines which crisscross their society and they hatch some extraordinarily inventive, and oftentimes comical, plans in order to distract the village’s menfolk and defuse any sign of inter-religious tension.
A series of chaotic incidents tests the women’s ingenuity as they manage, with sass, to successfully stave off the fall-out from the distant war. But when events take a tragic turn, just how far will the women go in order to prevent bloodshed and turmoil? –Pathé Distribution
Born in Baabdat, Lebanon on the 18th of February 1974 to Antoine and Antoinette Labaki, Nadine participated as a contestant on the televised talent show, Studio el fan, in the early 90’s in the “directing” category. For the competition, she directed a music video, “Habeebi Ya”, for an amateur singer called Carla. Carla is now a well known presenter in Rotana music channel’s program, Rotana Café.
Her first video was “Tayr El Gharam” for the Lebanese artist Pascale Machaalani. Later on, she did another two videos for Noura Rahal, but these videos did not draw much attention. Her follow up effort with Katia Harb for the music video of the song “Ma Fina”, garnered more recognition.
Labaki’s real breakthrough was Nancy Ajram’s video, “Akhasmak Ah”. The video showcased Nancy as the waitress of a traditional Egyptian coffee shop where she serves and entertains male customers. The video raised controversy, but Nadine justified her use of this character as a powerful and attractive… read more
this movie's pretty awesome. not as good as Caramel, maybe, overall, if we're talking consistently good over the entirety of the film's running time, but definitely better at points. It's real funny. The drama's a little less convincing. The final act kicks ass. The movie overall cements Labaki as a director worth keeping an eye on. And, perhaps contrary to the movie's spirit, I've got to mention that she's a hottie
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