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Hors la vie (1991)

 -  Drama  -  15 May 1991 (France)
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A French photograher is kidnapped and held hostage in a war-torn Beirut. Slowly but surely his integrity and self-respect is broken.

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Patrick Perrault
Rafic Ali Ahmad ...
Walid 'Chief'
Hussein Sbeity ...
Omar
Habib Hammoud ...
Ali 'Philippe'
Majdi Machmouchi ...
Moustapha
Hassan Farhat ...
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Hassan Zbib ...
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Nabila Zeitouni ...
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Hamza Nasrallah ...
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Sami Hawat ...
Hassan
Sabrina Leurquin ...
Isabelle
Roger Assaf ...
Farid
Nidal Al-Askhar ...
Khaled's Mother (as Nidal Ashkar)
Fadi Abou Khalil ...
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Ninar Esber
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A French photograher is kidnapped and held hostage in a war-torn Beirut. Slowly but surely his integrity and self-respect is broken.

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Intense story of a hostage in Lebanon
25 August 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

The first 15 minutes is some of the best modern warfare footage I've seen, expertly showing the insanity of the war in Lebanon.

We follow a French photographer as he documents a war in which everyone is turning on everyone. Then the photographer is kidnapped, and we spend most of the film watching the horrors of life as a hostage.

Scene by scene it's beautifully done. His captors are a very varied bunch, some sympathetic, some psychotic, although we never get to really know any of them, and they do fall into 'types' a bit.

My biggest problem with the film was the lack of a bigger political context. Unlike, for example, 'Four Days in September', we never really understand what the captors want. For a while that Kafka-esque confusion is interesting, but by the end, it makes the film seem a bit limited in vision. The captors almost all seemed childlike, and not very bright. There was a touch of what almost felt like racism, very odd, considering the film-maker is himself Lebanese.

In the end, this was tense and exciting as a docudrama (it was based on a real case), but by not having more scope, just missed the chance to be a truly great film.

That said, it's well worth seeing, and I intend to re-visit it.


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