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Under the Bombs-Movie Review 10/06/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Drama, Emotional Drama, Film Movement, Hebrew language film, Movies, Sundance Film Festival.
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Under the Bombs (Lebanese) 2007
Sous les bombes

NOMINATED, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
WINNER, Alternative Vision Award and EIUC Award (Aractingi); Venice Film Festival
WINNER, Muhr Award, Best Actress (Farhat); Best Film (Aractingi), Dubai International Film Festival
WINNER, Best Actress (Farhat); FIPRESCI Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Special Mention (Aractingi); NOMINATED, Grand Prix (Aractingi), Bratislava International Film Festival

From Film Movement
Directed by Phillipe Aractingi
Starring Nada Abou Farhat and Georges Khabbaz

Set in war-torn south Lebanon, a touching story about a mother’s search for her little boy, left for safety in the care of her sister. As Zeina (Farhat) travels through the bombed out sections of the country, she is accompanied by taxi driver Tony (Khabbaz). Tony’s original motivations are less than noble, but as the couple face dangers and share the losses that have impacted their lives, feelings of love grow.

Without taking a stance, the director uses the devastation of the countryside and the dangers and heartache experienced by the couple to show the universality of the effects of war on everyday people.

98 min. Not rated. Violence and destruction.