In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: ... See full summary »
In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.
Nada Abou Farhat,
Fifteen years after a traumatic explosion in his native Beirut, Kamal Maf'ouss returns from France, where he was nationalized and become a composer-choreographer. He reassembles youth ... See full summary »
Rodney El Haddad,
Nada Abou Farhat
Noha is about to get married. Her family is relieved to see her take advantage of this last chance before officially becoming a spinster just like her sister. Everything seems to be going ... See full summary »
In a remote and poor village, three girls decide to change their destiny. They plan to rub a truck assuming its loaded with cash.. but what they never imagined is found in the truck and this changes their village and own lives forever.
Elie F. Habib
Maguy Bou Ghosen,
A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the... See full summary »
Neswen tells the story of Saber, a male chauvinistic butcher who, one day, decides to close up shop after a dreadful encounter with an annoying female customer. On his way back home, he ... See full summary »
Nada Abou Farhat
In an apartment building in Beirut, on the last day of the year, seven characters start their day by visiting their psychologist as part of the weekly ritual. On that couch in their ... See full summary »
Fadi Abi Samra,
Nada Abou Farhat
In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed, the violence is fascinating, getting from West to East is a game. His mother wants to leave; his father refuses. Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his building. By accident, Tarek goes to an infamous brothel in the war-torn Olive Quarter, meeting its legendary madam, Oum Walid. He then takes Omar and May there using her underwear as a white flag for safe passage. Family tensions rise. As he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to tragedy. Written by
Composer Stewart Copeland spent many of his formative years growing up in the titular city when his father - who worked for the CIA - was stationed there. See more »
On 13 April 1975, while class is in session, Tarek watches the ambush of the bus from the balcony of his school in Christian-dominated East Beirut. 13 April 1975 was a Sunday. Schools in East Beirut are closed on Sundays. See more »
A slice of Beirut life with no clear purpose or direction.
"West Beirut" is a plotless, non-story, non-documentary, meandering slice-of-life flick about a teenage boy's life in the early days of the Lebanese civil war when Beirut became divided into East and West. Although the film examines Beirut civilian life under the pall of war, it doesn't deal with any specific issue sufficiently to give it purpose. It's not particularly entertaining, evocative, or compelling; does not chronicle events well; is a poor study in history; and is void of romance, mayhem, comedy, suspense, or any of the things which people go to movies to see. "West Beirut" has the "feel" of a make-it-up-as-you-go low budget journeyman drama. Recommended only for those with special interest in Lebanon.
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