Tuesday
08
Jan
7.45pm
Back Under the Bombs
 
Tue
08
Jan
No film notes
class rating
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 at 7.45pm
Middle East
  • Romantic drama
  • 2007
  • UK/France/Lebanon/Belgium
  • Colour
  • 98 mins.
 
Audience reaction index
Rated by
13
people
out of
15
people
Reaction index:
7
out of 10
star rating

The courage and ingenuity of the cast and crew are never at issue in Philippe Aractingi's story of a Christian cabby ferrying a Shia Muslim mother around Lebanon in search of her son who's gone missing in a bombing raid. But the use, as extras, of people who had actually experienced the death and destruction of the 2006 Israeli incursion raises uncomfortable questions about authenticity and exploitation. Surely the sight of so much devastation makes a sufficiently powerful impression? Especially as Aractingi integrates it so deftly into the plot, as blown bridges cause diversions that allow the improvising Georges Khabbaz and Nada Abou Farhat to get to know each other and add an extra human dimension to the catalogue of savagery and suffering. With moments of broad humour relieving the horror, this offers fascinating insights into the region's politics of race, religion, gender and class, while the denouement is genuinely poignant.

David Parkinson, in Radio Times Film Guide

Director:

 
Philippe Aractingi

Screenplay:

 
Michel Leviant, Philippe Aractingi,Anjo Rihane

Cast:

 
Nada Abou Farhat (Zeina), Georges Khabbaz (Tony), Rawya El Chab (The receptionist), Bshara Atallah (The journalist)
Comments