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West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)
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Director:
Writer:
Ziad Doueiri (writer)
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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (Norway) See more »
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Plot:
In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great movie See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Rami Doueiri ... Tarek Noueri
Naamar Sahli
Mohamad Chamas ... Omar (as Mouhidine Guerra)
Rola Al Amin ... May (as Rolande Amin)
Carmen Lebbos ... Hala Noueri - Tarek's mother (as Carmen Loubbos)
Joseph Bou Nassar ... Riad Noueri - Tarek' father (as Joseph Nassar)
Liliane Nemri ... Neighbor (as Liliane Nemry)
Leïla Karam ... Oum Walid - the madame (as Leila Karam)
Mahmoud Mabsout ... Hassan - the baker
Hassan Farhat ... Roadblock Militiaman
Fadi Abou Khalil ... Bakery Militiaman (as Fadi Abi Samra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abla Khoury
Aïda Sabra ... School Principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Ziad Doueiri 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ziad Doueiri  writer

Produced by
Bjørn Eivind Aarskog .... co-producer
Rachid Bouchareb .... producer
Jean Bréhat .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Jacques Gale 
 
Film Editing by
Dominique Marcombe 
 
Production Design by
Hamze Nasrallah 
 
Production Management
Elie Adabachi .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Cantin .... sound
David Rit .... sound assistant
Thierry Sabatier .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Ronan Broudin .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Gus Khazaka .... grip
 
Music Department
John Bilezikjian .... musician: flute
Jeff Seitz .... music co-producer
 
Other crew
Delphine Régnier .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min | Argentina:105 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
'Mohammad Chamas' who played Omar in the movie was discovered by accident. At one time while the crew was preparing the set and not having found an actor to play Omar, Mohammed was passing by and he had a fight with one of the crew members. The director noticed him and immediately asked him to play the character. After having lived in an orphanage most of his life, becoming a lead in a motion picture was an important change of pace.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Chevrolet M1008 Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicles - a militarized 5/4 ton version of the third generation Chevrolet C/K pickup - are seen in the movie, which was supposed to have taken place in 1975. The Chevrolet M1008 did not enter production until 1984.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Bullitt (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Chant Byzantin AlleluiaSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Great movie, 9 December 2002
Author: Jean Eid

I lived outside Lebanon my entire life. When I went back ten years after the war has ended, I saw a normal style of life. Although I have learned a lot about the civil through my dad and books, but I was not able to imagine the way the war was conducted. The weird incidents of two men talking to each other one day, and then killing each other the next day. I did not comprehend the killing of two Lebanese guys of each other due to different of religious sects. When I saw this movie with my dad, I felt a small gesture of sadness coming out of my father.

The details of the movie were close enough to the sad reality that happened in Lebanon. Even the militia check points were similar to the one my father told me about. The main characters in the movie were two Muslim boys and a Christian girl. Despite the lack of work, food, and other necessities, their families did not leave their houses. Ziad Doueiri, the writer and director imbedded a true concept of reality inside this movie. The innocence of the children playing around with no schools to go to and sometimes fall into dangerous situations made the movie more beautiful and gave it some sense of black satire.

The story involves mainly three kids. Tarek lives with his parents in West Beirut. He and his best friend Omar are filming films and yearning to unravel the mysteries of sex. They then meet Maya, a pretty Christian girl who moves into their neighbourhood. The three of them have several adventures in the chaotic streets patrolled by Muslim militias. Tarek's most exotic experience is a surprise visit to a famous bordello run by Madame Oum Walid where he learns that peace doesn't come easily when religious hatred is involved.

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