Theeb is a truly cinematic experience that's also one of the best works about war to come out in recent times. About a child thrust into armed conflict (WWI), the film communicates the tragedy of war with utter clarity & simplicity. There are no contrived theatrics here, only brutal reality. Nothing is overstated or heavy-handed and it's absorbing & powerful throughout. Theeb is an honest film & worthy of your time.
What an unexpectedly brilliant film! Just loved it. A life lesson of a journey full of life-and-death struggle. A coming-of-age story in the most visceral of manners. Such beautiful cinematography and sterling performances by all of the actors. It is well-paced and packs a HUGH emotional wallop. FANTASTIC film!
Another great Mubi surprise. Even though Theeb was nominated for an Oscar, it's unlikely I'd ever see it if nor for Mubi. It's been described as a Bedouin Western, which about covers it. Spare in the best possible way, meaning it's loaded with subtext and history.
So happy to see a film about this time period that isn't told from the viewpoint of the British. Almost shocking to have the one "white" man not be in charge, and for him not to be buried by his loyal "native" guides. Great moment when Hussein reprimands the Englishman for touching Theeb. Found the ending too "easy" a plot choice. Theeb might have stayed to learn more from his companion, and then taken revenge later.
The authenticity this film provides through the landscape, which is beautifully shot, to the interactions, dialogue, and situations of the characters in the film is masterclass. The use of the extensive visuals to develop the narrative adds to the mounting tension and danger as Theeb continues on his perilous journey. The direction and realism immerses the viewer in the journey and makes for a beautiful piece of art.
The location work in Jordan, doubling for western Arabia, is astounding as is the work of d.p. Wolfgang Thaler in this adventure story set in the crumbling Ottoman empire in 1916 concerning a boy's survival in the desert. The title character is captured by young actor Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat in a natural and sincere performance. Screenplay by the director and Bassel Ghandour offers quiet rewards. Well worth a watch.
Una escena a valorar. La emboscada y los dos hermanos cautivos entre los pedregales. Después de eso, "Theeb" merece verse como un contexto histórico sobre la soberbia capitalista y la fragmentación de tribuos en una nación. Esto que ha generado, según la historia, la violencia precoz.
First-time director Naji Abu Nowar has delivered a punch with this quiet narrative gem about the origin of the Middle Eastern discontent. As a coming-of-age drama, this works in so many levels. Non-professional actor Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat as Theeb is a revelation for carrying the burden that this film imposes.