I loved just about everything about the movie, other than the message. If becoming a man means exacting revenge, leave me out of it. I guess from the wolf comes the wolf. And the cycle of violence goes on and on.
No bittersweet Euro-style coming-of-age story here. This powerful drama of a young Bedouin's horrific journey into the desert wilderness, set during the Ottoman rule, is simply harrowing. Brilliant direction and acting, especially the young star, Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat. Beautifully shot on location in and around Wadi Rum, near Petra, a gorgeous, breathtaking place. Visit, if you can! It is safe there (for the moment).
This is a boy's elemental journey into manhood told against the epic backdrop of the Arabian Desert and the unseen (yet palpable) effects of World War I and the Arab Revolt. Much is told through Theeb's absorbing gaze as he first chases, then chooses his destiny. The authenticity of the mostly non-actor Bedouin cast and the harsh purity of the desert makes for breathtaking, gripping drama.
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.
The on-location shooting in Jordan provides some really wonderful imagery, and director Naji Abu Nowar does an excellent job of providing small details that add context to the grueling personal narrative.
"Theeb" has been described as a "Bedouin Western" and is the story of a young boys journey from innocence to becoming a "Man".In fact,the central theme of the film,is change.We see it in the desert bandits, who once guided pilgrims.Pilgrims who now journey to Mecca,on the " Iron Donkey "We see it in the appearance of the British officer from an outside war.A war which will change everything for Theeb and Arabia.
Out of Authenticity & Originality a film sets the tone of the true nature of this country almost as seen as 53 years ago with the eyes of David Lean's, the very first stone of Jordanian Cinema is right here, finally a title was born, Theeb has an atmosphere & simplicity that I almost thought I'm watching a film that has been made in its real time ★★★★