A group of women living together in a community encircled by mines reject the religious divisions brought on by the war that set the standards for interpersonal relations on the national scene. Instead the Christian and Muslim women manage to happily coexist.
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There's a certain charm about Nadine Labaki's unusual comedy about a remote Lebanese village where Christians and Muslims have always lived in peace, until the conflict around them begins to influence their daily lives and the women of the village band together to put an end to the fighting. Some interesting ideas at work here but its oddly inconsistent tone never quite jells into a satisfying whole.
O filme é radiante, ensolarado, generoso e, ao mesmo tempo, ligeiramente melancólico e dolorido. Nas entrelinhas das belas imagens de riso espontâneo, navega uma critica altamente sutil, especialmente para a região. Nadine Labaki mostra que Deus não tem partido e reduz todo o conflito em uma questão de testosterona. É diabolicamente engenhoso.
No rating. Public screening at my favorite cinema in Bucharest in an event organized by the embassies of the Arab countries (so we were told, without further details). Me and all the local folks who paid for the ticket were stuffed in the last 2 rows of the theatre, all the other seats being reserved. Two thirds into the movie and the subtitles disappeared for good. I stayed for 3-4 more minutes to fix it.
I believe in strong women, i believe that they can change the world. It's really good movie to see that and reminds me Isabel Allende's quotes; "women can bring peace and prosperity to this awful planet. we need feminine energy in the management of the world because men run the world, and look at the mess we have."
the film takes an unconventionally lighthearted approach to a sacred, grim topic. this works generally and the film's well-intentioned charm is appealing to see, although there are some real tragedies that also work. the film's biggest flaw is that it plays on the double register of drama and comedy, mixed with musical elements, constantly switching, that it struggles to find a consistent tone throughout.
Making a comedy of such serious issues as religious hatred is difficult, but when it succeeds, it’s all the more important. By using traditional comedy means and combining them with some very heartbreaking moments and a strong (if relentlessly optimistic) story, Labaki manages this difficult task quite well. It’s a bit too tame for my taste though.