Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great ... See full summary »
Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home.
Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he... See full summary »
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.
A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.
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It's Magic: The 2nd Part of Nacer Khemir's Desert Trilogy...
The films of writer, poet & filmmaker Khemir all stand on their own, but his personal signature is easily traceable in his 'The Dove's Lost Necklace', his second film after the sensational 'Wanderers Of The Desert'.
Things are quite different too between the two films; where there was magic in the realism of 'Wanderers...', there is some mundane stuff in the magic of 'The Dove...'. Which is a big difference.
A lush and beautiful film, 'The Dove...' is very entertaining, indeed as if experiencing an unknown chapter of the 'Arabian Nights'. Even the desert in 'The Dove...' seems to be cleaned up. The film is smooth and polished as a fairy tale, and this is a pity when judged against 'Wanderers...', where every detail of the film rings out as true and real, which envelops the make-believe within the story to make it all seem very possible.
'The Dove...' is beautiful and worthy of your time and attention, where 'Wanderers...' is a breathtaking experience.
It does make one yearn to see the last of Khemir's Desert Trilogy -Bab'Aziz- which promises to use yet another way of storytelling.
Nacer Khemir is a gifted filmmaker, and a superb storyteller. I for one would love to read his books and poems, as well as watching many more films from his hand !!
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