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West Beirut is a story about hope, friendship, loyalty, and love blurred by
despair and frustration. It is the story of every Lebanese living in
Beirut-Lebanon between the 1975 and 1992.
Although the movie is inapprehensible to any one from outside Lebanon,
through Tarek and Omar, Friendship and love, it can reach
For foreign filmmakers it is difficult to comprehend the socio-political
background of that war. The load lies heavily on the shoulders of the
Lebanese who still remember how it felt like.
West Beirut is one of the most impressive movies Ifve seen in a long time.
Good work Doueri, and your great team.
I LOVED this film. it is probably one of my favourite films ever, and at the time i didnt even wanna see it cuz i thought it would be like those egyptian movies with ya lahwee and all that and really loud women screamin for no reason. however it turned out to be so good that i actually couldn't stop thinkin about it for like months. and i told everyone i met about it and said i would never speak to them if they dont go see it. i am so glad i actually went that time and that my friends forced me to see it otherwise i'd have missed out on the one of THE BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME!!! and check out tha fatt lady she is soooooo funny!!! GO SEE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
West Beyrouth was an excellent movie about the lives of three teens growing up in Beirut during the first days of the Lebanese Civil War in the mid-70s. One of the top aspects of the movie is the way it portrayed the common, every day things. People tend to forget or not realize that even in difficult situations, such as poverty, war and so forth, life goes on. Kids still fall in love, fight with their parents, fantasize about the opposite sex, have fun.... This movie's strength was that it's one of those rare movies (Wild Reeds/Les roseaux sauvages is another fine example of this) which is set during a war, but is not about war. It's about life.
this film was extremely well executed on most levels. it's a
>touching story and quite well acted, especially by the members
>of the nuclear family. well filmed, and although the rantings of
>some characters goes on and on, basically well written. go see
Right from the get go, you get immersed in West Beirut, especially if you
grew up in this area of the world. From the fighter jets flying overhead,
to the gun-totting militiamen you feel completely entangeled and immersed
the action and emotions, well perhaps not if you are an American. But
not, the movie is simple to follow and you, sooner rather than latter,
associate with the characters and the story being told: there is a bit of
history (although a little inaccurate), lots of character building (Tarek
did such and excellent job portraying a careless but yet affected youth)
a lot of drama especially from Tarek's parents who display some world
acting. The music was also right on track when it came to enhancing the
story, whether the mood was going up, down, or portraying stillness.
For his first effort the Director (Ziad Doueiri) does a marvelous job at displaying his handy camera work and his craftsmanship in bringing out a rather complex story in a simple and close-to-the-heart way. It is true that this first effort lacked the polish of experience and confused some a bit (I was asked a lot of questions after the movie by my American friends) but its shortcomings are far outweighed by its style and class. I still do recommend this movie to all audiences, after all, how many Lebanese movies do manage to make it to the American market? None before, and probably none in a long time to follow, unless Mr. Doueiri is working on another great film. Is he? (I will keep my fingers crossed and tied)
I just saw West Beirut again and I can't help but feel a strange connection to the movie. The director did a brilliant job in his portrayal of war torn Lebanon. He did not concentrate on the war itself but more importantly on the effects it had on everyday life during that time. I am really interested in seeing what next film comes out of the genius mind of director Ziad Doueiri.
Many great moments-beautiful, moving, entertaining. One thing missing-a
Want an example? Two?
Right after our hero's first scene in East Beirut-a clever way to bring him to the other side, a surprising location, a sweet encounters with the Madam and one of the girls, an interesting safe return to the west side--all a brilliant piece of filmmaking the story goes there again for the most unnecessary, irritating, and lame scene. Why did he go back? What did he really get there the second time except to learn that cute can take him only so far? And mainly-why do we, the viewers have to watch this?
Or take the case of the fat lady downstairs. Such overacting needs some chopping. True-she is a great comic relief. But some expert cutter would have sped the scene where she hits the glass in the cart so it will look less like a contrived moment. And the part where she seduces her husband is stuck in there unrelated to anything. How about having it interact with other scenes so it would not look so blatantly like a foreign object?
The film is taken as autobiographical. Well-the same guy who could not differentiate between cute and irritating in his youth, repeats himself years later while making his film debut. How frustratingly consistent.
I am pissed because such a potentially great film irritated me so much. Hey, Mr. Director-ever heard of the term CUT?
This movie is not about the Lebanese civil war, it's a dramatic comedy that
takes place around the start of the war in the 70s. If you're looking for
historical accuracy or political analysis, that's not your
With this out of the way it's an excellent film, and not just by Lebanese standards.
The story is about two Muslim schoolboys growing up in West Beirut while attending a French school in East Beirut. They have to deal with common teen age issues like growing up and exploring their sexuality, as well as having to cope with the war, bombing, street fighting, and religious hatred.
The story is interesting, the actors are very genuine, the dialog (in Lebanese Arabic) is frank and not at all sanitized. But what I liked the most about this film is that it's not shy about discussing religion or sex, two of the great taboos which so far have handicapped any realistic storytelling in the Lebanese film or TV industry. Although these discussions were not terribly deep or complex, it's a step in the right direction.
West Beyrouth is an excellent film. It reveals the true image of the civil
war in Lebanon, through the eyes and adventures of two young friends, on the
way to their adulthood. Experiencing love, friendship, a split society, and
the horrors of war.
West Beyrouth is not a high budget movie, but it is very good in directing,
cinematography, script and acting.
I would very much recommend this movie to everybody. It is a must see movie.
When I saw that movie , I both laughed and cried all the same.. It's really a touching experience that shows the ordeal the Lebanese people experienced in the civil war. It rectifies the distorted image spun about Lebanon, hope it will gain international success.
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