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With a PhD in Chemistry, devout and bearded, Syria-born Ashade Mouhana (Abdellatif Kechiche) drives a cab in New York, and must accept financial assistance from friends who attend the Islamic Council of America so that he can pay a lawyer to get his Canadian brother, who is being detained as a '2nd tier suspect', released. He also has to look after his toddler nephew and French-speaking Caucasian sister-in-law, Eloise (Elodie Bouchez), and is fearful that his brother may be tortured in Syria. One night he befriends a passenger, who identifies herself as Phyllis (Robin Wright Penn), claims she is Head of Programming of Q-Dog Television, sympathizes and offers to assist him get his brother released. He gets a shock when she asks him to carry out an act of terrorism as retribution against America. He walks away, and subsequently finds out that she has stolen his money. Shortly thereafter, his cab is confiscated by secret agents, and Eloise is held for questioning. Vengeful, he shaves off... Written by
I thought the movie said a lot about how we relate to one another. And also dealt with violence and hatred in America, along with a number of other important themes, without hitting the audience over the head. I felt angry at times, at characters and at the world, and also sympathetic. It was a journey that I didn't expect to go on, Nor one that I could get out of. In some ways I felt trapped and forced to confront the demons within ourselves and within others. Too often we try ignore these things. Maybe by confronting them we can actually move forward instead of always looking back and repeating history. It was well casted and very well done.
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