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193 Ratings

Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces

Al Ma’ wal Khodra wal Wajh El Hassan

Directed by Yousry Nasrallah
Egypt, 2016


With his sons, Refaat (a passionate cook) and Galal (a womanizer), chef Yehia manages a wedding caterer. Karima, Yehia’s niece, is promised to Refaat, but he loves Shadia, without knowing that Karima loves also someone else. Over the course of the wedding, Karima finds a way to reveal her feelings.

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Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces Directed by Yousry Nasrallah
The film is elevated by a willingness to take risks with tone and form, be it a late-in-the-game castration or a climax featuring a blatantly fake-looking swarm of computer-generated bees. Shunning the need to reconfigure the melodrama into a more festival-friendly, staid, or academic experience, Nasrallah’s rollicking comedy is a timely reminder of what “popular cinema” used to mean, and still does for an internationally under-represented industry.
September 02, 2016
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Nasrallah’s film was a disappointingly pedestrian family free-for-all around a wedding table that for all intents and purposes came across as a made-for-TV attempt at commedia all’italiana.
August 19, 2016
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There’s no shortage of winningly bright colors, delicious dishes, and pumping music, but Nasrallah seems a bit overwhelmed when it comes to making all the film’s many moving parts work as one, with the constant stream of characters and odd shifts in tone frequently creating confusing, even incoherent moments.
August 14, 2016
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