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7 Ratings

Very Big Shot

Film Kteer Kbeer

Directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Lebanon, Qatar, 2015


Hilarious black comedy about a Beirut drug dealer trying to go legit for the sake of his two brothers finding himself at odds with his crime boss.

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Very Big Shot Directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya

Critics reviews

Unlike Ben Affleck’s Argo, which merely fawned over the power of pop-cultural art, Very Big Shot remains skeptical about the transformative power of cinema, since it operates by the whims and capital of a select few individuals.
December 17, 2015
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If the fake-moviemaking ploy from “Argo” were repurposed to disguise a drug-smuggling caper, it might inspire a comedy like “Very Big Shot,” a slyly amusing feature debut from Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya. Beginning as a hard-boiled crime drama, the movie gradually reveals a more satirical intent, commenting on what it sees as untapped potential in the Lebanese film industry.
October 11, 2015
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This spirited but uneven Lebanese crime drama takes an unexpected second-act turn into movie industry satire when a film shoot is re-purposed as a cover for a drug smuggling operation. The comedic promise of the idea is not matched by the hit and miss execution, however. Inevitable comparisons with pictures like Argo and Bullets Over Broadway only serve to highlight the baggy pacing, the repetitive nature of the screenplay and the many wasted opportunities therein.
November 16, 2015
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