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14 Ratings


Habibi Rasak Kharban

Directed by Susan Youssef
Netherlands, United States, 2011
War, Drama, Romance


Habibi is a dramatic feature that tells the story of a forbidden love in Gaza. The film is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable ‘Majnun Layla’.

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Habibi Directed by Susan Youssef

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  • davy's rating of the film Habibi

    Heavy-handed with clunky, preachy writing and unbelievable characters. The character of Layla was fairly fully realized but Qays was not. Difficult to get invested in their love when we see no reason to root for them. On top of it the acting was pretty stiff. I really wanted to see a story where the Israeli-Palestine conflict served as a backdrop to inform tone. Instead it took over the narrative and overshadowed it.

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