Each morning at sunrise, Syrian workers in Lebanon climb construction sites, their hammer strokes waking the country – a country they only know from distance, as they are banned from moving through it, or swimming in its sea.
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This is the kind of documentary I really love. The whole story is told through images, with occasional narration that is often more like poetry. This cinematography is magnificent, especially the shots of the Beirut coast and the sea from the top of cranes and a high-rise under construction. (Unfortunately Doc Alliance mars these images with a distractingly hideous large bright watermark.)
The film distills a sad irony through the juxtaposition of exiled Syrian workers rebuilding a foreign city and the irruption of mass bombings images of their own country. In the background, the sound of the sea -sometimes merging with the tanks or the diggers-, the sea always so close, but ultimately unattainable.
Econome en paroles et en explications surnuméraires, cette œuvre rigoureuse et magnifique, hautement dichotomique, entre une fausse et vertigineuse beauté visuelle et un labeur ingrat et dangereux, ne propose aucune poésie urbaine et panoramique, mais une permanente sublimation d'une existence ballottée entre de déchirants souvenirs et une fausse liberté aérienne et factice...