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The Kite (2003)

Le cerf-volant (original title)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flavia Bechara ...
Lamia
Maher Bsaibes ...
Youssef
Randa Asmar ...
Amira
Renée Dick ...
Mabrouke
Julia Kassar ...
Jamilé
Liliane Nemri ...
Shirine
Ziad Rahbani ...
Ziad
Nayef Naji ...
Zalfa
Edmond Haddad ...
Sami
Alia Nemry ...
Zalfa
Tamim Chahal ...
Lieutenant (as Tamim el Chahal)
Rana Eid ...
Myrna
Fidel Béchara ...
Fares
Asaad Abou Ghattas ...
Makram
Nabil Abou Ghattas ...
Mourad
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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 barbed wire she also passes from childhood into adulthood, as brutal as our countries and the events that are to follow. Written by Anonymous

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Flawed narrative and weak acting mars an otherwise good story
20 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe it is the lack of resources, but this film is flawed. The narrative is uneven. The latent dramatic elements are poorly explored or presented in an unsatisfactory manner. The quality of the acting varies from moment to moment. Overall a film that makes you wonder whether you should bother to sit through to the end.

Yet, you do stay. It is because one is curious about what will happen to the principal character, Lamia, who is to marry the old fashioned way: the husband is chosen by the elders of the community. Staying to the end has its reward. The allegorical terminus of the film is what it is all about, a political commentary on war and, to a lesser extent, tradition. The omnipresent kite the symbol of liberty, unhindered by borders and flying freely in the air.

There are a couple of humorous moments, only one of which works particularly well. The music is pleasant enough and neither hinders or helps. What remains of value is the depiction of how people can be affected by armed conflict and occupation, and the beautiful landscape of what I presume to be southern Lebanon.


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